Deputy man faces theft, drug charges
Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:01 AM
A Deputy man remains behind bars on drug and theft charges after Madison Police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle at a hilltop business parking lot Friday morning.
Michael L. Bartlett, 26, faces a Level 6 felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of theft, public intoxication and possession of paraphernalia. Prosecutors filed charges Friday morning in Jefferson Superior Court.
Madison Police officers responded after a caller reported an improperly parked truck in the Walmart parking lot with someone inside who appeared to be bobbing up and down. Officers approached the vehicle and noticed the man – later identified as Bartlett – had bloodshot eyes, was difficult to understand and appeared to be barely conscious, the probable cause affidavit said.
Bartlett told officers he had taken several Klonopin, and officers called for an ambulance to examine him. Officers noticed a multi-colored glass pipe with a substance in it and an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle while speaking with Bartlett.
Police also ran the license plate attached to the Ford truck Bartlett was in, but the plate returned to a Toyota vehicle and had been reported stolen.
Bartlett refused treatment and transport when King’s Daughters’ Health EMS responded, the affidavit said. He failed field sobriety tests at the scene.
Police arrested Bartlett and transported him to the Jefferson County Jail.
During an inventory of the vehicle, officers also located another glass pipe containing a white crystal substance that field tested for methamphetamine.
Bartlett remains incarcerated at the jail where he awaits an initial hearing scheduled for next week.