An area man convicted of possessing heroin reportedly was seen doing a “face-plant” in a local parking lot Wednesday and later admitted to coming to court intoxicated.
Shaun M. O’Donnell, 29, of East Palestine, was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday morning in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Judge Jim Conway ordered the defendant held in the Huron County Jail until he’s sober.
The judge also rescheduled O’Donnell’s sentencing hearing for this morning.
“He (O’Donnell) was found face-planted in the parking lot of Rite Aid. … The caller saw him do a face-plant,” Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said after Wednesday’s hearing.
The Norwalk Police Department responded to Rite Aid and brought O’Donnell to court.
When officers arrived, O’Donnell “was leaning on a piece of equipment,” Kasper said.
Officers asked the suspect how much he had to drink.
“He just said a lot. He did say he was going to court. … He said ‘a lot’ a couple times,” Kasper said. “He (later) told the court he was drunk.”
The prosecutor said local police charged O’Donnell with disorderly conduct last week.
“I don’t have the details on that one,” Kasper said.
No charges had been filed in Norwalk Municipal Court as of press time.
In late February, O’Donnell pleaded guilty to having a half-gram of heroin during an Aug. 2 traffic stop. Norwalk police handled the stop related to the defendant driving with a suspended license.
“He was driving without a license,” Kasper said. “(Police) searched the vehicle pursuant to consent and found .05 grams (of heroin).”
O’Donnell faces six to 12 months in the Huron County Jail when he is sentenced today.
“This is his first felony, so he’s not prison eligible,” Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said in February.