Rock Hill man found passed out in Lowe’s parking lot faces heroin charge

04/29/2014 1:56 PM

04/29/2014 2:30 PM

A man found passed out behind the wheel of his car, which had a flat tire and was leaking fluid in the parking lot of a Rock Hill Lowe's, was arrested Saturday after authorities found a syringe filled with heroin on his lap, according to police.

Officers were sent to the Lowe's hardware store on Springdale Road at about 8:40 a.m. after receiving a call about a car in the parking lot with a flat tire and leaking fluid that had possibly been in a car accident, according to a Rock Hill police report. Paramedics and Rock Hill firefighters were already on scene by the time police arrived and explained the man in the driver’s seat was passed out behind the wheel of his black 1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass.

A fire department captain told officers that once they opened the door, they saw that the driver, identified as Gary Lester, 30, of Rock Hill had a syringe on his lap with a brown liquid inside, the report states. Officials also found a used syringe near the center console. An emergency medical technician told police that Lester told her heroin was in the syringe. A passerby told police that when he saw Lester unconscious, he knocked on the car’s windows and doors but Lester never responded. He went inside the store and told employees about Lester, who called authorities.

Lester told medical and fire personnel that he had been up all night and stopped to take a nap, the report states. He told police he left his girlfriend’s house to go home when his car got a flat tire. He pulled into the Lowe's parking lot to change it, but realized he did not have a lug wrench. Police measured the amount of heroin in the syringe at .41 grams.

Police arrested Lester, charging him with possession of heroin with intent to distribute. He admitted to police that he has a drug problem.

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