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Belleview man charged with DUI after passing out in Circle K lot

John David Harmon

A Belleview man was arrested after passing out behind the wheel of his vehicle with it running, in drive and his foot on the brake in a Circle K parking lot.

Jon David Harmon, 52, of 4741 SE 98th St., was charged with DUI after the incident, which happened around 1:48 a.m. Tuesday at the store at 5198 SE Abshier Blvd. He was previously charged in June with possession of heroin and fentanyl, according to Marion County Jail records.

A Belleview Police officer responded to the store at the request of a Marion County sheriff’s sergeant, who saw a driver unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle with it running and in drive. The officer observed Harmon unconscious and slumped on the wheel of his silver Toyota, according to the police report.

The officer shut the vehicle off and removed Harmon’s hand from the gear shifter, and then placed the vehicle in park and removed the keys from the ignition. The officer tried to awaken Harmon with a sternum rub and it took about two minutes for him to regain consciousness, the report said.

Once Harmon was alert, the officer had him step out of his vehicle. Asked if he had anything to drink or had taken any kind of medications or narcotics, Harmon initially said no. Asked if he had any medical conditions, he said he sometimes has low blood sugar, but he refused to allow Marion County Fire Rescue medics to check his blood sugar level, according to the report.

Harmon also initially refused to perform some standardized field sobriety exercises, and he was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of an undetermined narcotic. While waiting for a drug recognition expert to arrive, the officer again asked Harmon if he was willing to perform field sobriety exercises and he said yes, the report said.

After failing to complete the walk-and-turn exercise and even start the one-leg stand, Harmon was given the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, which showed a lack of smooth pursuit and distinct nystagmus at maximum deviation in both eyes. At that point, he was placed back into the patrol vehicle and taken to the jail, according to the report.

At the jail, the officer asked Harmon for a urine sample, but Harmon said he was unable to provide one. He did agree to provide a breath sample. While waiting in the breathalyzer room, Harmon drifted in and out of consciousness and had to be continually told to wake up. At one point, Harmon nearly fell out of his chair, the report said.

Harmon provided two breath samples, with both returning readings of 0.00. Asked again for a urine sample, Harmon refused, according to the report.

Harmon was still being held Saturday on $22,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Feb. 15.

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