MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man was charged after he was found unconscious inside his vehicle with a one-year-old in the backseat, police say.
On Friday, Nicholas Williams, 28, was found slumped over behind the wheel of a Hyundai Elantra at the intersection of Walnut Grove and Holmes just before midnight.
A good Samaritan saw the car when he pulled up to the intersection and notified police. A one-year-old child was in the backseat of the Hyundai without a car seat when officers arrived.
“I just kind of looked to the side and I seen the guy slumped over,” Glen Washington said. “I did a U-turn and I pulled up close, didn’t want to get too close. So once I actually seen what was going on, I called 911.”
Not knowing if it was a medical emergency, MPD officers waited for paramedics to arrive before placing the vehicle in the park. Once they did, officers looked inside the vehicle and saw signs that were consistent with a possible overdose.
According to police, Williams had his foot on the brake but the car was still in drive. Officers were able to place the car in park before administering Narcan to Williams.
Officers removed the one-year-old child that was in the car and brought him to the Tillman Precinct where they called his mother to come to pick him up. Police also notified the Department of Children’s Services.
After he was taken to Baptist Hospital for further treatment, Williams admitted to smoking marijuana 30 minutes before police found him unconscious. Inside the car, police said in addition to the unattended child, they also found over two grams of fentanyl, over eight grams of marijuana and a scale.
Williams had a suspended license, no proof of vehicle insurance, and the vehicle registration for the Hyundai had expired. He also admitted to not having a safety seat for the one-year-old.
Williams was booked on nine charges including DUI, child endangerment, violation of the child restraint law and several drug charges as well as traffic violations.
He is out on a $30,000 bond.