Passed out at the pump: Lafayette man faces OWI, meth charge

Eshon Lee Anthony Curry-Grogg (Courtesy of the Indiana State Police)

A 24-year-old Lafayette man is facing some sobering drug and alcohol charges after he had the misfortune of passing out in a running car at a Noble County gas station.

Eshon Lee Anthony Curry-Grogg is charged with operating while intoxicated with a prior conviction, operating while intoxicated under a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine (increased to a Level 5 felony due to proximity to Wolf Lake Elementary School), and resisting law enforcement, according to an Indiana State Police news release.

According to ISP Trooper Justin Snyder’s investigation, the following occurred:

Snyder responded at around noon to a report of a person passed out in a running vehicle at the Marathon gas station at U.S. 33 and Tippecanoe Street in Wolf Lake. When he arrived, he saw a man seatbelted, unconscious, and breathing inside a locked 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix.

Within moments, Noble County Sheriff Deputies Doug Ewell and Todd Weber arrived, and all three tried to get the man, later identified as Curry-Grogg, to wake up. After waking up and passing out numerous times, Curry-Grogg awoke long enough to roll down his driver’s-side window.

Officers helped Curry-Grogg out of the car, but he allegedly became combative with officers. Officers quickly got him into custody. No one else was in the vehicle. Curry-Grogg had pulled into the gas station at around 11:12 a.m. without getting out of the vehicle. Police allegedly found a substance they believed to be methamphetamine.

Curry-Grogg was taken to hospital for a blood draw and medical evaluation for incarceration. He was then taken to and incarcerated in the Noble County Jail.