POTTSTOWN PA – A 25-year-old Pottstown man whom police say was found unconscious inside a vehicle parked Saturday afternoon (June 6, 2015) in the 1600 block of Industrial Highway, along with a toddler in a child safety seat, has been arrested on a variety of drug-related and other charges.
Alex Tomlinson was taken into custody after being charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, driving without a required license, driving while operating privileges are suspended or revoked, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, recklessly endangering another person, and endangering the welfare of a child, according to Lower Pottsgrove Ofc. Matthew Metzler.
There was no mention in the release about the health of the child or his care following the incident.
In a township police department press release, Metzler reported officers were dispatched at 1:44 p.m. to the parking lot and found “an unconscious male” later identified as Tomlinson inside a Nissan Versa with its driver’s door open and all its windows closed. A child later identified as Tomlinson’s 2-year-old son also was in the vehicle, in the safety seat. Emergency medical personnel were called.
During their investigation, police alleged they “observed several blue glassine baggies containing heroin residue,” and later also allegedly discovered “additional amounts of alprazolam (also known as Xanax), dextroamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
In talking with Tomlinson, police alleged he”admitted to being under the influence of several controlled [prescription medications and heroin,” and also admitted to having driven to the location with his son although his license “was suspended for a prior DUI.”
Tomlinson was sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA after his arraignment, in lieu of posting $2,500 cash bail. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Thursday (June 11) at 10 a.m. in the Sanatoga courtroom of Magisterial District Justice Edward Kropp Sr.