Jock admits to using painkillers before turning to heroin

Cary Ashby • Sep 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Wakeman police didn’t consider the 20-year-old motorist “your typical heroin user.”

Rocky River resident Jacob D. Lewis “appeared to be under the influence of some type of substance” during a Wakeman traffic stop Sept. 20, Wakeman police said. Lewis was stopped for an unspecified traffic infraction while traveling eastbound on U.S. 20 in a late model Honda sport utility vehicle.

“After further questioning of both occupants and a consent to search was granted, there were multiple pieces of heroin paraphernalia found in many areas within the vehicle,” Chief Tim Hunker said.

Police reported finding a syringe underneath the driver’s side mat.

“(Lewis) later told police that he had just used (heroin) an hour prior to us pulling him over,” Hunker said. “Lewis told police that had started with painkillers and then switched to heroin. He was not your typical heroin user; he was in sports in school, appeared to be physically fit and (was) very courteous to us.”

Hunker said this type of situation is becoming more common.

“Wakeman police are starting to see more of this activity now more than ever,” the chief said.

Lewis is charged with possession of a controlled substance, punishable by six to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 maximum fine. He must post 10 percent of a $10,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail.

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