Suspicious vehicle stop results in DWI, cocaine possession charges
Douglas Barnett, 47, of Monroe was arrested on Sunday, March 3, on charges of driving while intoxicated, possession of cocaine, tampering with evidence, interfering with an officer, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and failure to insure motor vehicle, according to police.
At approximately 4:54 a.m., police said, an officer on patrol observed a 2004 Ford Freestar van parked on the side of Tokeneke Road.
The vehicle's headlights were on and the car was running.
Barnett was seated behind the steering wheel and was asleep, police said.
The officer detected a strong alcoholic odor coming from the car, according to police, who administered a field sobriety test which Barnett failed.
When Barnett exited the patrol vehicle at police headquarters, officers saw a white powder on his hands and in the car where he'd been sitting. Paper fragments were also present, police said.
The substance tested positive for cocaine and the additional charges were added to the original DWI charge.
Barnett posted a $7,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court March 13.