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By Hilde Kate Lysiak
October 15, 2018
A Selinsgrove man was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly being high on marijuana and passing out in the middle of a busy intersection while transporting his eight year old son on 08/02/18.
Jason Allen Hazelwood, 40, was allegedly found “Lethargic, and confused” in his stopped car on Bridge Street near the intersection with Rt 204 with his eight year old son in the back.
Hazelwood’s stopped car caused a small traffic jam. A witness got out to see why the car had stopped when he found Hazelwood appearing to be asleep in the front and the child in the rear seat, according to cops.
“(Witness) who reported he was west on Bridge St., stopped behind other stopped vehicles near the intersection with Rt. 204 after several moments, he exited his vehicle and walked to the leading stopped vehicle, to find the operator appearing unresponsive. (Witness) reported that the vehicle engine was running and that the operator had his foot on the brake pedal. At this time (Witness) observed a child in the rear seat of the vehicle,” read the criminal complaint.
The officer woke Hazelwood up and asked him for his information. When Hazelwood opened up his console box the officer found drugs.
“While moving objects within said box, Officer observed a small clear baggie containing marijuana,” read the criminal complaint.
Blood tests revealed Hazelwood “tested positive for 5F-ADB (A synthetic marijuana drug).
Hazelwood could not be reached for comment.
Hazelwood was charged with, DUI, endangering the welfare of a child, and more.
A hearing will be held on 11/01, at 10:45, in Selinsgrove Pa, at 1025 us rt 522.
Selinsgrove has been trying to deal with a serious drug issue for years.
A day after an Orange Street News investigation revealed a shocking rise in heavy drugs like heroin inside of Selinsgrove High School during the last school year, Superintendent Chad Cohrs acknowledged just how big of a drug problem is confronting the school in a letter to parents asking for the public’s help.
“The Selinsgrove Area has been experiencing a marked increase in drug activity which is impacting our students,” read the letter from last year. “While drug and alcohol usage is not something new, the frequency and types of drugs we are seeing is cause for increased concern. The use of prescription medications such as Xanax, Vicodin, and Oxycodone are on the rise. Use of other street drugs, such as heroin, are also increasing.”
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