VERNON— A local man apparently snorting heroin as he drove his unregistered and uninsured pickup truck westbound on Route 30 swerved into the oncoming lane and nearly struck a police car head-on in front of the police station Thursday morning, police said.
Lt. Mel Hardy turned his patrol car around and pulled the pickup truck over at Route 30 and Bolton Road.
The pickup driver was identified as Carl Smith, 46, of Hany Lane in Vernon. His passenger was identified as Terri Judd, 44, of Vernon Avenue, Rockville. Police said the Smith and Judd are boyfriend and girlfriend.
Police said Judd was nervous as officers interviewed her and Smith. She admitted to the officers that she was a heroin user and had four syringes in her purse. Police checked her purse and found the four syringes, including one that was uncapped and filled with heroin. Police said they also found other heroin paraphernalia. A search of the truck turned up 4 ounces of marijuana packaged for sale, a digital scale, two baggies of heroin, 12 packages of rolling papers, prescription pills and drug packaging materials.
Police said Smith had a small straw in his pocket and admitted to officers that he'd been snorting heroin as he drove down the road.
Smith was charged with operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating without insurance failure to drive in the established lane, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a drug factory, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school or daycare center.
Judd was charged with possession of heroin, possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school or daycare center.
Smith posted $50,000 bail within an hour of his arrest and was released. He is due in court April 12. Judd was held on $15,000 bail and is to be arraigned Friday morning in Superior Court in Rockville.
By DAVID OWENS
The Hartford Courant
April 1, 2011