A Moulton man was arrested for drug possession and drunk driving after he was found asleep in a moving vehicle near the entrance to Moulton Walmart on Saturday, authorities said.
Scottie Heron Butler, 44, of County Road 59, is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Impaired Driving and Open Container Violation.
His arrest comes after Moulton Police received a call about a possible drunk driver who “passed out in a vehicle at the entrance / driveway to Walmart,” according to a Department of Moulton Police.
Responding Officer Tim Owens, who was also assisted by Adam Marsh, a soldier with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, found the vehicle still running and engaged while the driver, Butler, appeared to be unconscious. Officers also observed an open bottle of whiskey in the vehicle’s console cup holder, according to the report.
After parking the vehicle and shutting off the engine, officers woke Butler and removed him from the vehicle.
“The smell of alcoholic beverages was detected on Mr. Butler’s breath and he admitted to drinking. However, when asked to perform field sobriety tests, he refused to cooperate, ”the report said. “Even though Mr. Butler was asleep or passed out in the vehicle, officers charged him with impaired driving because he was in control of the vehicle and was spinning and shifting it.”
During the routine inventory of the impounded vehicle, Constable Owens discovered a broken glass pipe that appeared to have been used for the consumption of methamphetamine and a clear package containing a crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the report.
Butler was transported to Lawrence County Jail on bail set at $ 4,300.