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Police: Couple passed out in traffic with toddler in the backseat

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - The Eastern Bypass and Irvine Road is one of Richmond's busiest intersections, and this past Saturday there was definitely enough going on to keep police busy.

"The officer was there working a wreck, that he actually observed. While he was working the wreck, several motorists stopped and said, 'Hey, we've got a car that's parked in the middle of the intersection,'" said Richmond's Assistant Police Chief Bob Mott.

Just across the intersection a car was stopped halfway up the turn lane and Mott said it was enough of an issue that they were, "kind of clogging up traffic."

The officer went to check it out, and when he got there Mott explained that there were two adults passed out in the front seat.

"He (the officer) goes over to check on them and the driver starts coming to," continued Mott.

Police identified the driver as 28-year-old Jonathan Harrison. Police say the car wasn't even in park at the time, Harrison just had his foot on the brake. However, it's what the officer found in the backseat that may really bother people.

"There was a one-and-a-half-year-old boy that was located in the backseat," answered Mott.

Police say Harrison is not related to the child, but the unidentified female passenger is the toddler's mother. The officer reported that she was slow to respond and therefore had to be taken to the hospital.

"Her state was a little more serious. She was not only taken to Richmond but was transferred to UK's ICU afterwards," explained the Assistant Chief.

Police say they're not sure what the adults were under the influence of, but they did a search of the vehicle and found some drugs inside.

"We located some Suboxone drugs on his person," stated Mott.

Suboxone can come in a pill or strip form, in this case police found strips of the substance. Mott described the product as one that's used in clinics to help drug users break dependency, but in many cases police find it to be a product that's being abused.

"It is abused. Our narcotics people buy it illicitly all the time. He obviously had it an illicit fashion," he added.

Harrison was charged with D.U.I., possession of a controlled substance, and wanton endangerment along with a few other charges. The toddler's mother also has warrants pending upon her release from the hospital.

Police say the child was put in the care of a relative and Social Services was notified.


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