Man un­der court su­per­vi­sion for pos­sess­ing heroin

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mont­coCourtNews on Twit­ter

NORRISTOWN » A Telford man who po­lice found slumped over the steer­ing wheel of a ve­hi­cle, “pos­si­bly over­dos­ing on heroin,” will have court su­per­vi­sion in his fu­ture now that he ad­mit­ted to pos­sess­ing the drug.

Kevin Craig Ball, 29, of the 100 block of Penn Av­enue, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery County Court to three to 23 months in the county jail af­ter he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of pos­ses­sion of heroin in con­nec­tion with a Feb. 26 in­ci­dent in the bor­ough. Judge Wil­liam R. Carpenter, who ac­cepted a plea agree­ment in the matter, also or­dered Ball to com­plete one year of pro­ba­tion fol­low­ing pa­role, mean­ing Ball will be un­der court su­per­vi­sion for about three years.

The judge also or­dered that Ball be eval­u­ated for ad­dic­tion su­per­vi­sion dur­ing his pa­role and pro­ba­tion­ary pe­riod. Ball will also have to un­dergo a drug and al­co­hol eval­u­a­tion and com­ply with any treat­ment rec­om­men­da­tions.

The investigation be­gan about 7 a.m. when Telford po­lice found Ball un­con­scious in the driver’s seat of a Toy­ota Ta­coma at the rear of the 100 block of Penn Av­enue, ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint.

“Ball was slumped over and what ap­peared to be a used sy­ringe was lay­ing on his lap,” Telford Po­lice Sgt. David Bech­tel wrote in the crim­i­nal com­plaint, adding Ball awoke as po­lice knocked on the ve­hi­cle’s win­dow.

While search­ing Ball he col­lapsed and be­came un­re­spon­sive and then “sud­denly gasped for air and re­gained con­scious­ness,” po­lice said. Po­lice sum­moned med­i­cal of­fi­cials and Ball was trans­ported to Grand View Hos­pi­tal in Sellersville, Bucks County, for eval­u­a­tion by med­i­cal staff in the emer­gency room. In the mean­time, po­lice searched the ve­hi­cle which Ball had been oc­cu­py­ing.

“I per­formed a sweep of the driver area and found sev­eral small, clear bag­gies, of­ten used to trans­port heroin wrap­pers, in the open cen­ter con­sole as well as sev­eral blue wax wrap­pers in the same small, clear bag­gies, wrapped in a rub­ber band,” Bech­tel al­leged.

Bech­tel said he im­me­di­ately no­ti­fied med­i­cal of­fi­cials to in­form them that “Ball was pos­si­bly over­dos­ing on heroin,” ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

“While speak­ing to Ball at Grand View Hos­pi­tal, Ball stated that he used two bags of heroin and smoked meth ear­lier in the morn­ing,” Bech­tel al­leged in the ar­rest af­fi­davit, adding af­ter Ball was cleared by an at­tend­ing physi­cian he was taken into cus­tody on the drug-re­lated charges.

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