Police find driver asleep at the wheel
One Minden man was fortunate that his vehicle was sitting still when he fell asleep at the wheel.
Unfortunately for him, when Minden Police officers awakened the man, it was to arrest him on illegal narcotics' charges.
Robert Triplett, Jr., 30, of the 200 block of Crestview Street, is charged with felony possession of CDS Sch. I (marijuana) and possession of CDS Sch. IV (Xanax).
According to Chief Steve Cropper, at around 4:15 a.m. Sunday, Ofc. Ben Allen and Sgt. Ryan Barnette were dispatched to the corner of Pecanview and Bonnie Lane where it was reported a vehicle had been idling at a stop sign for around 45 minutes.
"As officers arrived at the scene, they observed a vehicle at the intersection with a white male either asleep or passed out behind the wheel," Cropper said. "Officers observed the vehicle was running and was in drive. The person behind the wheel had his foot on the brake."
Cropper said, to prevent the vehicle from moving, officers positioned their patrol units in front of the suspect vehicle and also behind, before trying to wake the driver.
"At this point the officers began yelling to the driver and also knocking on the driver's door window," Cropper said. "Officers were able to rouse the driver, and get him to unlock and open the driver's door. He was instructed to put the vehicle in park and turn off the engine."
Sgt. Barnette reportedly asked the driver to get out of the vehicle. Once contact was made with Triplett, a pat-down search for officer safety was conducted.
"Sgt. Barnette felt something hard in the driver's front jacket pocket," said the chief. "Triplett was asked what was in his pocket, and he indicated it was his 'one-hitter,' which the officers knew is a device commonly used in the consumption of illegal narcotics."
According to reports, officers retrieved the small wooden box. Inside, they located a smoking pipe and approximately one gram of suspected marijuana.
"At this point the driver, Robert Triplett, Jr., was placed under arrest," Cropper said. "During the search, officers located several partially-smoked suspected marijuana cigarettes in the inside pocket of Triplett's jacket, along with a Xanax bar in his right jacket pocket."
Triplett was transported to the Minden Police Department for booking then to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.