A man accused of having heroin will be interviewed as a candidate to be considered for substance abuse treatment instead of being convicted.
Shane J. Nichols, 23, of 2850 Zenobia Road, is charged with possession of heroin in connection with an April 11 incident. He earlier posted 10 percent of a $5,000 bond.
At Tuesday's hearing, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway authorized the defendant to be interviewed by probation officers for possible acceptance in the intervention program. If Nichols successfully completes the lengthy, intensive program, he won't receive a conviction on his record.
Nichols was in the news in early 2012 when he was sentenced to a 90-day jail term for bringing in his 3-year-old son's urine to a drug test with probation officer Abby Keefer. Nichols was on probation through Norwalk Municipal Court for a driving under the influence conviction. The DUI charge was for a minor, two-vehicle collision at the five-point intersection on U.S. 250 in which a pregnant Michigan woman had possible injuries.
The Reflector observed a trooper with the state Highway Patrol conduct a series of field sobriety tests on Nichols, which were supervised by another trooper soon after the Aug. 7, 2011 crash. The trooper who oversaw the tests later said Nichols failed them and the pregnant woman, who was a front-seat passenger, and her unborn child "seemed to be doing great."
Nichols tested positive later for amphetamine usage and Keefer told the court the defendant was on a "bath salt binge" at the time of the crash.
In mid-October 2011, a judge place Nichols in the drug court program.