BEDFORD – A Bedford man was arrested on a warrant after a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputy on July 21 responded to a report of a man slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle in front of the old Springville gym. The caller believed the man had possibly overdosed.
When the officer arrived he found the vehicle and 29-year-old Steven Coffin parked in the parking lot of Springville Public Park.
An Indiana State Police trooper and a Seals ambulance crew were also on the scene.
The ambulance crew told officers they had to wake Coffin and he could not recall the day or how long he had been there.
The ambulance crew reported that before police arrived, Coffin had put his car in drive and proceeded to roll backward. One of the ambulance crew members stated that was the reason the ambulance was parked behind Steven’s car, to prevent him from hitting anyone.
Coffin allowed officers to search his vehicle. During that search, officers found a blue bag containing six syringes, one of which had crystal meth in it, a blue “tie off” (often used to help a person locate a vein to inject an illegal substance), and a gray backpack in the trunk that contained two more syringes. In the center console police found a glass smoking device containing marijuana residue and a silver grinder in the floorboard with marijuana in it
The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Coffin’s arrest on charges of possession of meth within 500 feet of a public park, unlawful possession of a syringe, and possession of drug paraphernalia.