Drugs and weapons seized after a man was reported slumped over the steering wheel of his running vehicle in Penticton on Sept. 21. (RCMP)

Drugs and weapons seized after a man was reported slumped over the steering wheel of his running vehicle in Penticton on Sept. 21. (RCMP)

Penticton man asleep at the wheel leads to drug bust

The 34-year-old’s vehicle contained drugs, weapons and cash

A man passed out in a vehicle led to a drug bust in Penticton on Wednesday morning, Sept. 21.

An officer responded after receiving a call about the man, who had been reported passed out inside a vehicle with its engine running near Amherst Street and Rosetown Ave. around 9 a.m.

The driver was slumped over the steering wheel and illegal drugs were visible inside the vehicle, said police.

The man was arrested under the suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs.

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Following the arrest, a search of the vehicle uncovered multiple weapons, a significant amount of suspected drugs including morphine pills and LSD, illegal cigarettes and a large amount of cash.

“This is good example of how the general public can help our officers locate and disrupt criminal activity in our community by simply witnessing and reporting it,” said Const. James Grandy.

The 34-year-old Penticton resident faces numerous charges pending approval by Crown Counsel. The driver’s name won’t be available for disclosure until charges are approved.

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