Drug suspect found passed out in fast-food drive-thru

Drug suspect found passed out in fast-food drive-thru
Jeremy David Dunton (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center)
Jeremy David Dunton (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center)
The drugs, gun and money recovered from the car of Jeremy David Dunton. (Source: Hillview Police Dept.)
The drugs, gun and money recovered from the car of Jeremy David Dunton. (Source: Hillview Police Dept.)

HILLVIEW, KY (WAVE) - A man was arrested after police said he was passed out in the drive-thru of a fast-food restaurant with thousands of dollars of drugs in his car.

Hillview police officers were called to the McDonald's at 1911 Old Preston Highway at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday following a report of an intoxicated man in the drive-thru. When they arrived, they found Jeremy David Dunton, 33, passed out in the driver seat of his vehicle. As they tried to wake him, officers said they saw a handgun and what they suspected were illegal drugs in plain view.

During a search of the vehicle, officers found a loaded handgun and also recovered $1,810 in cash. They also found five bags of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, one bag of pills believed to be Pseudoephedrine (key ingredient for manufacturing methamphetamine) and another bag believed to contain psychedelic mushrooms.

Hillview police said the bags of suspected methamphetamine had a combined unofficial weight of 253 grams, giving it an estimated street value of approximately $25,000.

"It's a big arrest for any agency," Chief Bill Mahoney said.

Mahoney said the Hillview Police Department has been working hard to curb drug use in the community.

"It's a problem in every community. Wherever you are across the nation, it's becoming increasingly difficult because we are seeing more and more of it now," he said.

"I'm really proud of the officers and their attention to detail," Mahoney said, "they we're able to observe the methamphetamine in the bag and the firearm and we're attentive enough to keep themselves safe and also recover the drugs I'm really proud of them."

Dunton was booked into the Bullitt County Detention Center on charges of trafficking in controlled substances, possession of meth precursors, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Hillview police are still investigating to find out whether Dunton was selling or manufacturing meth.

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