A Florida man who reportedly passed out in the driver’s seat was arrested when the police allegedly found he had drugs and a hidden child in his truck.
In the middle of December, a 25-year-old man from Wildwood was sitting in a Dodge Ram near the gate of the Village of Hemingway on the Sumter County side of the Villages.
At around 3:00 AM, a deputy from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office spotted the vehicle, which displayed Illinois license plates. The deputy noticed it was idle and had what appeared to be one of the front tires elevated on the median. They decided to go over to the spot to investigate the situation.
When the deputy looked in the vehicle, they reported that the driver appeared to be asleep. The man allegedly had marijuana in the truck, and an iPad sitting near him. The electronic device reportedly had flecks of what was purported to be heroin on the surface. The deputy also found a piece of tin foil in the vehicle that they alleged was used for smoking the substance.
The rest of the vehicle was searched, and it was reported that a deputy found a youngster in the back. They believed the driver put the child at risk.
The man was taken to UF Health – the Villages Hospital for assessment, and when he was released, he went back to his residence. Shortly after, the police arrived, and he was arrested.
He was booked into the Sumter County Jail, and he is facing preliminary charges for one felony count of neglect of a child without great bodily harm. He was released from custody the following day after posting a $10,000 bond.
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