Police: Motorist on drugs ‘zoned out’ in parked car

A motorist faces drunk driving and drug charges after a city police officer found him sitting “zoned out” behind the wheel of his car with the engine running near his Memorial Avenue home.

Francis P. Fredin Jr., 26, of 1708 Memorial Ave., was charged as a result of an incident that occurred about 9 p.m. on Feb. 15 when officers were called to the 1700 block of Memorial Ave. to investigate “a suspicious car that had been sitting in the road for two hours,” Patrolman Justin Ottaviano said in an affidavit.

Fredin was sitting in his car, which was in the roadway, Ottaviano said.

“He was shaking, pale, sweating and zoned out,” Ottaviano said in describing the driver’s condition.

“I attempted to speak with him, but when I did, he started crying and began rocking back and fourth. He wouldn’t answer any of my questions,” the officer said.

A second officer at the scene reached in the car and shut off the ignition.

“I saw a hypodermic needle in the lower console next to the gear shift,” Ottaviano said.

At the time, Fredin, whose driver’s license is suspended until 2022, admitted to having Xanax in his system.

He was then taken by ambulance to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center to be evaluated and treated.

“One minute I’m in the house and the next I’m in the car. My Xanax messes me up,” Fredin remarked on his way to the hospital, Ottaviano said. Fredin later was discharged.

After obtaining a search warrant, police searched the man’s car. Ten syringes and two bags of heroin were found in the vehicle, the officer said. Blood tests revealed that Fredin had in his system two prescription drugs plus morphine, Ottaviano added

Charged with driving under the influence of controlled substances, possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia, Fredin has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge James Carn.