Quick nap leads to drug arrests

Two men who reportedly fell asleep while waiting on a stoplight are facing drug charges.

Drew Kilgore, 21, of the 100 block of Bluff Road in Ringgold, was booked on charges of DWI, obstruction of a public passageway, no child restraint, no seatbelt, possession of synthetic marijuana, controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal neglect of family.

Cody Mellen, 21, of the 100 block of Country Lane was booked on possession of synthetic marijuana, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputy John Lewis Jr. was waiting behind a car at the intersection of U.S. 80 and La. Hwy 531 when the car sat through the light two different cycles, according to reports.

Lewis then exited his patrol unit and approached the car. The driver, later identified as Kilgore, was reportedly asleep behind the wheel with his foot on the break. The passenger, later identified as Mellen, was also reportedly sleeping.

Kilgore’s 1-year-old child was also in the backseat and not properly buckled in.

The deputy then woke Kilgore up and asked him to step outside of the car. His eyes were bloodshot and he was unstable on his feet, according to the arrest report. He was then placed in the back of Lewis’ patrol unit.

Lewis then attempted to wake Mellen up, who was barely breathing, according to reports. Once he was awake, Lewis located a metal container in his pants pocket during a pat down, according to reports.

Inside the container were 6 partly smoked suspected synthetic marijuana cigars. Mellen reportedly told the deputy it was “mojo.” Mellen was then placed under arrest.

During a search of the car, more synthetic marijuana was reportedly found.

EMS was called to the scene to check out Kilgore, Mellen and the toddler. Kilgore and Mellen were released at the scene.

The child was transported to Minden Medical Center to be checked out. The child also reportedly had bruising on its lower back and abdomen area.

Child Protective Services were called to investigate the case.

A urine sample of Kilgore was also collected and sent to the NWLA Crime Lab for analysis.

Kilgore and Mellen were booked in to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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