Richmond Police responded to a welfare check at Lowe’s over the weekend. A caller told officials that a male subject was passed out behind the wheel of his car, with his foot still on the gas pedal. The male subject, later identified as 46-year-old Ronnie Parker, had also reportedly hit another vehicle in the parking lot.
Upon arrival, the officer made contact with a Lowe’s employee who stated that he had not seen the collision, but observed Parker and his vehicle pinned against another car. The employee told authorities that when he attempted to talk to Parker, he appeared to be unconscious before coming to and stating that he “need[ed] to get back to the highway”. The employee then moved behind the car to get the license plate number, and told him not to go anywhere.
According to the citation, when police started talking with Parker, they observed that his pupils were extremely constricted and that he had slurred speech. Parker reportedly failed multiple sobriety tests before being arrested by police for driving under the influence.
Officials then searched Parker’s car, where they located an uncapped needle. Further reading of the citation indicates that Parker later informed police that he had been using several 10ths of heroin, along with marijuana, throughout the day. He allegedly stated that he did not recall saying anything after waking up, and that he only reversed his car to make sure it wouldn’t roll into another vehicle.
Authorities also investigated the collision, discovering that Parker had failed to maintain insurance on his vehicle and that the license plate had been cancelled by the the Department of Transportation. It was also revealed that Parker had not been in possession of a driver’s license, who allegedly stated that he had “lost it a while ago”.
Parker was charged with numerous violations, which can be viewed below: