A West Point man was arrested early Sunday after he was found asleep in his vehicle.
Justin Hall, 34, was passed out with the engine on and the vehicle parked in the middle of the road, according to an arrest citation. The citation said the arresting West Point Police Department officer knocked on the window to wake Hall.
According to police, Hall attempted to put his vehicle in drive once he woke. The officer gave loud, verbal commands to put the vehicle back in park, the citation said.
According to the report, the officer observed Hall under the influence of suspected heroin. It said Hall had slow, sluggish body movements, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet upon exiting the vehicle.
The officer observed drug paraphernalia laying in plain view on the center console. According to the citation, the officer asked Hall if he had anything that would poke or stick him and Hall stated he did not.
When patting Hall down for weapons, the officer discovered Hall had an uncapped syringe in his right hooded sweat shirt pocket when the syringe needle punctured the officer’s hand, the report said.
Upon searching the vehicle, the officer found a clear plastic bag containing heroin, a can containing a cotton ball and heroin residue, and a plastic cap containing a cotton ball and heroin residue.
Hall was arrested and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer; first offense, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – heroin; possession of drug paraphernalia; and public intoxication of controlled substance, excludes alcohol.
First-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer is a Class D felony, punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted.
Hall is being held in the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $5,000 partially secured bond.