A man admitted to shooting up $50 worth of heroin before crashing into a street sign Sunday night at the intersection of Floyd and Buena Vista roads, according to Columbus police said.
David Dashiell, the 26-year-old driver, was arrested at the scene of the 9:25 p.m. incident and charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug-related objects, DUI and striking a fixed object. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
Authorities said they were called around 9:27 p.m. Sunday to the one-vehicle wreck at Floyd and Buena Vista roads. They said they found Dashiell unresponsive and slumped over the wheel of a 2011 Ford Escape that had crashed into street sign.
Officers said the rear driver’s side window was smashed in. They later learned that a witness took a rock and broke the window to get into the vehicle and check on the suspect, who had a syringe lying on his arm at the time.
Officials responded to the scene and provided medical attention to Dashiell before transporting him to the Columbus Midtown Medical Center for further treatment.
Dashiell was in the ambulance headed to the hospital when he woke up to police questioning him about the incident. He told officials that the purchased $50 worth of heroin from a woman at an unknown address behind the Walgreens on Buena Vista Road.
Police said he admitted to “shooting up” the entire $50 worth before driving to the Circle K at 1040 Floyd Road, where he bought “a drink.” He allegedly said he was driving out of the parking lot when he fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed into the street sign.
According to police, he also stated that he owned everything in the vehicle, where they found a spoon with suspected heroin and syringes.
Dashiell allegedly agreed to a state administered blood test, which was given at the hospital. Authorities said they decided that they were was no need to conduct any standardized field sobriety test due to the wreck, the suspect’s loss consciousness during the incident and his own admission of using heroin.