Passed-out driver charged with heroin possession
A Pataskala man was charged with possession of heroin after Reynoldsburg police found him passed out in his car at 2:22 a.m. Nov. 6 in front of a business in the 2400 block of Brice Road.
The reporting officer said he found the man slumped over in the driver's seat, with "two pieces of aluminum foil with a black substance burnt on it, along with a rolled $1 bill."
When the officer knocked on the window, the man put his car in gear and sped off, but officers caught up with him on an entrance ramp to I-270, where he had lost control and crashed, the report stated. He was checked out by Madison Township medics and transported to the Franklin County jail.
There was also an outstanding felony theft charge filed against the man, police said.
In other police news:
* A shoplifter panicked and abandoned a cart full of stolen merchandise valued at $211 when he was confronted at 5:17 a.m. Nov. 5 in the parking lot of a business in the 2700 block of Taylor Road. Police said he jumped into his car, backd up and crashed into another car before he drove away.
* A man reported he was robbed at gunpoint Nov. 8 on Redwood Street near Livingston Avenue. He said he and a friend were walking on the street when a black man wearing a plain red hoodie and appearing to be in his teens or early 20s, pulled a revolver and pushed it into the friend's stomach and threatened to shoot him if he didn't empty his pockets.
* A resident in the 1200 block of Oakbrook Drive reported the windshield of his 2000 Chevy Camaro was smashed overnight Nov. 7 while it was parked in front of his home. He told police his vehicles have been the target of damages over the last several months.
* Police arrested a man at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 8 as he left a business in the 1200 block of Brice Road with merchandise worth $131.64. Police said the man hid allegedly stolen beauty aids and items of jewelry inside his shirt, both pant legs and several pockets. He told police he was on parole and was stealing items to raise money for food.
* A woman told police she was slapped by another woman at 7:40 p.m. Nov. 2 in front of a business in the 7100 block of East Main Street. She said the altercation was over an ex-boyfriend, police reported. Police caught up with the woman who allegedly committed the assault later that night and charged her with assault.