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Cops: Greensburg man arrested after twice snoozing during traffic stop

August 8, 2018

An 18-year-old man twice dozed off at a traffic signal on South Main Street early Wednesday including when an officer knocked on his window in an attempt to rouse him, Greensburg police said.

Brandon J. Giron of Greensburg denied he was under the influence of anything, but was subsequently arrested by Patrolman Garret McNamara after he failed three field sobriety tests. McNamara alleges officers also confiscated three prescription-size bottles of medicated cannabis syrup, two containers of cannabis wax, three small plastic bags of marijuana and eight separate bags of edible marijuana-laced gummy bears from inside the vehicle.

McNamara said he became concerned when he saw Giron’s 2002 Saturn sedan sitting through a steady green signal at the intersection of South Main and East Pittsburgh streets at 2:05 a.m. and pulled in behind the car. McNamara said in court documents it appeared Giron was asleep as he approached the vehicle.

“I knocked on the driver’s window ... I announced my presence and Giron looked at this officer and then appeared to attempt to go back to sleep,” McNamara wrote.

“Giron stated that he had friends in the car earlier and they were rolling a blunt. He denied smoking the marijuana ... just that his occupants were rolling one,” McNamara said.

McNamara said in addition to the suspected marijuana and cannabis products, police also confiscated a digital scale, a marijuana grinder and two glass pipes believed to be used for smoking marijuana. He alleges that a cellphone in Giron’s possession also contained messages “discussing prices of narcotics.”

McNamara reported that Giron refused a blood test.

In addition to driving under the influence, Giron is charged with possession and delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal use of a communication facility, careless driving and illegal parking in an intersection. The complaint was mailed via summons by District Judge Chris Flanigan’s office.

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