LITTLE ROCK—A 38-year-old Spirit Lake man already facing several charges received another after he started drinking a deputy’s can of pop during his arrest.
Benjamin Robert Gray was arrested about 6:10 a.m. Sunday, May 30, near Little Rock on charges of first-offense operating while under the influence, first-offense possession of a controlled substance — marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and fifth-degree theft.
His arrest stemmed from an investigation into a report of a 2013 Ford Explorer parked in the middle of Marsh Avenue about a mile and a half south of Little Rock, according to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.
Gray was found slumped over in the driver’s seat with his pants down around his thighs.
The vehicle, which was parked in the southbound lane of the blacktop, was turned off and the key was on the passenger seat.
Gray had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. He was under the impression that he was somewhere around Spirit Lake and on a gravel road, according to the incident report.
The deputy walked Gray to his patrol vehicle and returned to the Explorer to look for evidence of what Gray might be on to ensure his well-being.
A small amount of marijuana was found in the rear of the vehicle and half of a glass pipe with residue in it was found in the center console.
When the deputy returned to his patrol vehicle, he found Gray had opened a can of Mountain Dew the deputy had in the center console and started drinking it.
Gray later failed preliminary field sobriety tests.