BANGOR, Maine — A local man who was arrested on New Year’s Eve after he was found slumped over the wheel of his vehicle passed out on heroin, entered two guilty pleas Monday to operating under the influence and drug possession.
Jeffrey Kimball, 36, was found inside his running car at the corner of Palm and Garland streets around 10:15 p.m., according to Bangor police Sgt. Cathy Rumsey.
“Police found the defendant slumped over the wheel of his car with a hypodermic needle in his arm,” Assistant District Attorney Tracy Collins Lacher said in court on Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
There were 14 needles in the car and multiple packages of a white powder that tested positive for heroin.
Six different drugs, including morphine, codeine and heroin, were found in his system, Collins Lacher said.
“Mr. Kimball, it sounds to me that you got lucky you got caught,” Superior Court Justice Ann Murray said.
Murray said that with six different diverted prescription and street drugs in his system Kimball was lucky to be alive. She sentenced him to four months in jail with all but 30 days suspended, 3 years of probation with condition that he not use or possess alcohol or illegal drugs and a $400 fine for the heroin possession. He got 10 days to be served concurrent and a 150-day license suspension for the OUI.
Officers Tim Wheelden and Nick Huggins were sent to the scene of Kimball’s arrest after a passerby noticed his stopped vehicle, Rumsey said.
Police also found diverted prescription pills that weren’t in Kimball’s name in the vehicle.
Kimball will start serving his sentence on July 14.