Hawkins man facing charges after allegedly being found passed out behind wheel

Jeff Bobo • Feb 19, 2013 at 10:54 AM

SURGOINSVILLE — A Hawkins County man is facing DUI and drug possession charges after allegedly being found passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle blocking a residential driveway early Saturday morning.

Shortly after 2 a.m., Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Don Mitchell was dispatched to a residence on Longs Bend Road just south of Surgoinsville near the Miller’s Bluff Road intersection, where a black Nissan Maxima was blocking a driveway.

Mitchell wrote in his report that he found a man later identified as Harley Lee Wallen, 47, 1366 Webster Valley Road, Rogersville, slumped over the wheel of the vehicle with the keys in the ignition and the vehicle running.

Upon waking Wallen, Mitchell asked him why he was there. Wallen smelled of alcohol, was disoriented and didn’t know where he was, Mitchell said.

Wallen was also shirtless. When Wallen exited the vehicle at Mitchell’s request, Mitchell gave him a T-shirt that was on the passenger seat. Wallen reportedly put the shirt on backward.

Wallen then allegedly performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was arrested. A search allegedly revealed him to be in possession of a small metal container holding a variety of pills, including oxycodone.

Inside the vehicle, Mitchell allegedly found three plastic pill bottles containing a variety of medications, a pill crusher with white powder in it and a syringe.

Wallen was charged with DUI second offense, four counts of possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of legend drugs, violation of the Tennessee Drug Control Act and possession of drug paraphernalia.

As of Tuesday, Wallen remained held in the Hawkins County jail without bond pending arraignment this morning.

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