ST. GEORGE — A Santa Clara man was taken into police custody Sunday after he was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car outside Summit Athletic Club.
At approximately 2 p.m., officers from the St. George Police Department responded to reports of a person down outside the Summit Athletic Club at 1532 1450 South, St. George Police Officer Doug Iverson said in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest. Upon the officers’ arrival, they contacted a man sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle.
After speaking with the man, officers identified him as 35-year-old Justin Hustead, the statement said. While EMS workers from Gold Cross Ambulance tended to Hustead, police spoke to the witness who had first reported the incident to authorities.
“He stated (Hustead) was parked in the middle of the exiting driveway,” Iverson said in the statement, “slumped over with his head partially on the steering wheel.”
The witness told officers that he shook Hustead awake, after which Hustead pulled his car into a parking stall and waited for emergency responders, the statement said. The witness also told officers that he had seen a syringe on the floor of the vehicle.
After medical personnel finished evaluating Hustead, officers performed field sobriety tests, Iverson said in the statement. Hustead did not pass the tests, and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence, Iverson said in the statement.
During an inventory of the vehicle, the statement said, officers located drugs and paraphernalia, consistent with what the witness had reported.
During an inventory of the vehicle, “… there was several items of paraphernalia located as well as suspected heroin and methamphetamine,” Iverson said in the statement. “In his right front coin pocket, I located a lorazapam and a hydrocodone pill, not in a prescription bottle.”
Hustead also admitted to drinking several shots of alcohol in a bloody mary cocktail before driving to Summit, the statement said, even though he has an alcohol-restricted driver’s license.
Hustead was transported and booked into Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. He is charged with four third-degree felonies for driving under the influence and for possession of heroin, methamphetamine, hydrocodone, and lorazepam; and two class B misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of an alcohol-restricted driver’s license. His bail for release is set at $24,293.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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