Intoxicated man asleep in car had drugs, cash

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMarch 3, 2014 

Gavino Contreras-Ramirez

— A man who smelled of alcohol, had trouble standing and was found asleep at the wheel of his car while it stood idle in a Rock Hill townhome community told police they did not have probable cause to search his car before he was arrested on Sunday. Once his car was towed, authorities found a Mason jar filled with marijuana, more than 120 pills in a plastic baggie and two brown mailing envelopes with cash in them.

At about 4:30 a.m., police were called to the 1800 block of Chamberside Drive, in the Atherton Place townhome community behind the Target off Dave Lyle Boulevard, after receiving calls about a man asleep at the wheel of a white Nissan Pathfinder with its left turn signal on, according to a Rock Hill police report. When officers arrived, they noticed the driver slumped over in the seat with his head resting on the driver’s side window.

The man, identified as Gavino Contreras-Ramirez, woke up and officers asked him to step out the car, the report states. He smelled of alcohol, police said, his eyes were bloodshot red and he had trouble standing. He told police he did not have his driver’s license with him. When police asked for consent to search his car, he said, “No, I don’t think you have probable cause for that,” the report states.

Police arrested Contreras-Ramirez, charging him with public disorderly intoxication, the report states. The car was towed and inventoried before it was placed on an impound lot.

Officers found a Mason jar filled with 82 grams of marijuana inside a bag under the passenger’s seat. They also found 128 doses of Xanax in a plastic baggie and $260 cash in two brown mailing envelopes. He was additionally charged with possession of other substances in Schedule I, II or III. He was taken to the York County Detention Center, but was released Sunday on a $15,000 bond, court records show.

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