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Police: Job applicant at temp agency passed out on drugs while typing application

November 25th, 2013 12:45 pm by Jeff Bobo

Police: Job applicant at temp agency passed out on drugs while typing application

Eric Wayne Gibson

ROGERSVILLE — A man typing out a job application at a temporary employment agency in Rogersville Friday morning was allegedly so high on drugs that he fell asleep with his head leaning over the computer keyboard.

Shortly after 10 a.m. Friday Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stacy Vaughan was dispatched to the “@work” temporary employment office on Rt. 66 in Rogersville on a complaint of a possible intoxicated male.

Upon his arrival Vaughan observed a man sitting at a computer used by applicants to fill out their information, with his head down leaning over the keyboard. 

The man, later identified as Eric Wayne Gibson, 31, 169 Lakeview Circle, Rogersville, had reportedly come in around 8 a.m. that morning to fill out a job application, @work employees told Vaughan.

When Vaughan arrived he allegedly watched Gibson for around eight minutes, during which time Gibson “swayed back and forth while appearing to be asleep”

“Eric had very sluggish and slurred speech, along with being unsteady on his feet, and appeared to be under the influence of some type of medication,” Vaughan added.

A search of Gibson allegedly revealed him to be in possession of one white pill believed to be soma, a half pill believed to be oxycodone, and a cut straw with white residue which was alleged to be used for snorting crushed pills.

Gibson was charged with public intoxication, possession of Schedule IV narcotics, possession of Schedule II narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held in the Hawkins County Jail over the weekend with bond to be set during his arraignment Monday.

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