Caller reports ‘dead man’; found alive with needle and bottle of buprenorphine

29-year-old Stephen Ashley was charged with DUI and drug paraphernalia when a welfare check was made after someone thought he was dead in his car. A lethargic Ashley was found with a needle in his hand and drugs in his car.

On August 22nd, Officer Donavane Robinson responded to a welfare check at 2965 Fort Campbell Blvd. The caller stated they observed a man in his car that looked dead. When Officer Robinson arrived, contact was made with Stephen Ashley in the driver’s seat. Robinson states Ashley seemed lethargic and unable to stay awake. Ashley then advised the officer that he had a needle in his hand and had only taken his medication located in the passenger seat of the vehicle.

Stephen Ashley (MCSO)
Stephen Ashley (MCSO)

A search of Ashley’s bag yielded a bottle of buprenorphine and another hypodermic needle was discovered under the driver’s seat. Ashley was taken to the hospital for further medical care after receiving Narcan on the scene that was not effective. Ashley received more Narcan at the hospital that also proved to be ineffective. A vile of steroids was discovered on him when he arrived at the hospital. The vile was not able to be recovered at the scene due to his intoxicated state. All items found were recovered and placed into evidence.

Stephen Ashley was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and unlawful drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $2,500.

Bella Shedio

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