Man found passed out in bank drive-thru charged with drug violations


Mountain View Police got the call right before 8 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.

A man was passed out in his vehicle that was sitting in a local bank’s drive-thru.

According to the affidavit of probable cause for arrest, when MVPD Officer Russell Gilbert arrived at the bank, he found the man passed out cold and slumped over the center console. The car’s engine was still running, and the doors were locked.

After other officers arrived on the scene, it was still several minutes before they managed to get the man to wake up, the affidavit said.

When the man, identified as Joseph Edward Templin (pictured), 41, was finally awakened and emerged from his vehicle, officers reported he was unsteady on his feet with slurred speech and dilated-looking pupils, the affidavit noted.

After a search, the affidavit said officers found a syringe with what appeared to be a small amount of blood on it. The syringe was later tested to have a small amount of methamphetamine in it as well, court documents said. And the affidavit noted a baggie of meth was also found in his vehicle, along with more syringes.

Templin is charged in Stone County Circuit Court with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while intoxicated (drugs), driving on a suspended license, and no vehicle insurance. He is also being charged under the Habitual Offender Law.

Image via Stone County Sheriff’s Department

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