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Police: DUI dad found passed out with needle, toddler in car

Rain Smith • Feb 26, 2018 at 9:30 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — An Elizabethton man is accused of passing out in his car while shooting up drugs with his young daughter in the vehicle outside a Bluff City gas station.

Jessie Moody, 29, is charged with reckless endangerment, DUI and drug possession. According to records at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred late Saturday night.

At about 11:30, a witness called police to a Shell station, 648 Elizabethton Highway. They stated a man with a syringe in his arm appeared to be unresponsive behind the wheel of a parked Mitsubishi Lancer, and a small child was also in the car.

As a deputy arrived, the vehicle was pulling out of a parking space. A stop was conducted, and Moody was identified as the suspect. His 3-year-old daughter was observed inside in a car seat.

Moody allegedly told an officer that he had been tired and took a nap outside the store. He also admitted to taking Subutex and consented to a search, and officers found a used needle and a vial of the drug in his car. Xanax and Alprazolam were also seized.

Moody, address listed as 2481 Highway 91, agreed to field sobriety testing, performed poorly and was arrested on multiple charges. The child's grandparents were called to the scene to pick up the girl.

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