Driver who passed out behind wheel in Lanesborough faces drug charges

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PITTSFIELD >> A city man allegedly found "slumped and drooling" behind the wheel of his car along with drugs, paraphernalia and thousands in cash denied narcotics charges in court Monday.

Timothy J. Herring, 34, of Lakewood Circle, allegedly told police the $2,872 he was found carrying were poker winnings.

About 7:40 a.m. Saturday, Lanesborough Police were dispatched to Algonquian Street for a report of a driver who was unconscious behind the wheel.

Officers found Herring's vehicle in the middle of the road, running with its brake lights on and Herring at the wheel, apparently passed out.

Police were unable to wake Herring by knocking, so they opened the unlocked door and yelled to him.

Police ordered him out of the car and Herring started to exit vehicle without putting it in park, causing it to roll backward toward a parked police cruiser.

Herring managed to set the vehicle's emergency brake, bringing it to a stop before it struck the cruiser.

Inside his car, police allegedly found a small plastic bag and a small, cut plastic straw, a plastic container in the back seat containing bundles of bags of heroin, two bags of white powder, suspected to be cocaine, a backpack containing more bundles of heroin, and a small metal box containing loose prescription pills.

In all, police allegedly recovered 67 bags of heroin, an undetermined amount of cocaine and several loose pills, considered Class E drugs.

Herring allegedly told police he was only dealing enough drugs to support his own habit.

Police estimated the street value of the seized heroin at about $680.

Police also found several bundles of cash; some on Herring's person, another on the driver's seat and more in Herring's wallet.

Herring was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine and possession of a Class E drug.

He was ordered held on $5,000 bail by Judge William Rota and is due back in court on April 19.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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