VIENNA - A 25-year-old township man police said was cooking heroin while driving is facing felony drug possession charges.
Police said Aaron J. Repko, 5854 Youngstown Kingsville Road, was also charged Wednesday with possession of drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanour.
Police said they were on routine patrol when they were called to the area of Route 11 because of a possible drunken driver just after 11 a.m., according to a Vienna Township Police report.
Police said the vehicle Repko was in was on the state Route 11 North exit to King Graves Road. When police approached the vehicle, there was a metal spoon on the passenger seat that had a burnt substance on it.
Police told Repko to get out of the car. They said he had slurred speech and kept falling asleep as they were patting him down. When police asked him why he was falling asleep, he replied that he was fine.
Police said they asked him what drug he was on and he told them that he had shot some heroin a little bit ago. He also told police there was heroin on the metal spoon inside the car, reports state.
Police said Repko also had several pills that were identified as Klonopin and Xanax.
Repko was arrested and transported to the Vienna Township Police Station. Police said they asked Vienna Fire Department to assess Repko because of the amount of drugs he took. The fire department transported him to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
Police said Repko will be taken to the Trumbull County Jail after he is released from the hospital.