Man arrested at park with 3-year-old son, large quantity of meds

Jeff Bobo • Jul 15, 2013 at 8:43 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man was charged with child neglect and several drug charges Saturday night after police allegedly found him at the Rogersville City Park under the influence of drugs with his 3-year-old son and a large amount of medication.

The suspect, Steven Craig Lawson, also allegedly tried to conceal a syringe and drugs in his child’s clothing prior to his arrest.

RPD Officer George Henry was dispatched to the City Park on a complaint of an intoxicated male Saturday shortly before 9:30 p.m.

Upon his arrival Henry reportedly found Lawson, 34, 273 E. Pumpkin Valley Road, Eidson, who allegedly appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

Lawson was with his 3-year-old son, and Henry described Lawson as very unsteady on his feet, with slurred speech and his bloodshot eyes.

“Mr. Lawson was asked if he was on any type of medications, which he stated he was on Clonazepam and Suboxone,” Henry said. “Mr. Lawson handed me a gold container with 14 pills believed to be Clonazepam. Mr. Lawson advised he had prescriptions in his 1993 Honda Accord, and while at the vehicle Mr. Lawson produced two empty prescription bottle that had been filled on July 12 (one day earlier).”

Henry noted, however, that the Clonazepam bottle which had been filled the day earlier was for 63 pills, which meant 49 pills were missing after only one day.

Lawson also had a Suboxone prescription filled Friday for 16 strips, and he produced a small plastic folder containing only four Suboxone strips.

“Mr. Lawson was in his vehicle getting clothing for his son when I observed him conceal items in the clothing,” Henry said. “The items were a syringe and a brown glass bottle containing several pills including 20 .5-milligram Alprazolam, 11 10-milligram Diazepam; and two 10-milligram Volpidem.”

The child was placed in the custody of family.

Lawson was charged with possession of Schedule III narcotics, possession of Schedule IV narcotics, child neglect, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of legend drugs, and public intoxication.

He was arraigned Monday in Sessions Court, and as of Monday evening was still being held in the Hawkins County Jail on $15,000 bond.

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