Police: Man fell asleep in drive-thru

March 11, 2019

MICHIGAN CITY – An 18-year-old man who fell asleep in his car in a McDonald’s drive-through line was later charged with dealing marijuana and illegally having alcohol, according to police.

Ryan Brasseur of Michigan City is charged with misdemeanor counts of dealing in marijuana and illegal transportation of alcohol, according to court records.

Just before midnight on March 1, Michigan City Police were called to the McDonald’s in the 2400 block of Michigan Boulevard, where a man had fallen asleep at the wheel of a black Dodge Charger in the drive-through line, according to a police report.

The manager told police the man had woken up and was getting food as officers arrived. He was asked to pull over, and the officer said he noticed a distinct odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle, the report said.

Another officer with a K9 Unit arrived and the dog, Chapo, gave a positive sign for marijuana, the report said.

A clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance was seen hanging out of the driver’s pants pocket, and a search of the vehicle turned up a total of eight bags in the driver’s door pocket, center console, and a book-bag, the report said.

The book-bag also contained a glass jar with the remains of a marijuana cigarette, a digital scale, and more clear plastic baggies, along with a spiral notebook “that had numbers written down that could be associated with drug transactions,” the report said. A bottle of vodka was found in the trunk.

The driver, identified as Brasseur, was arrested and taken to the police station, where the green leafy substance tested positive for marijuana, the report said

Brasseur then voluntarily spoke with officers and said he used marijuana about three times a week, and purchases more to sell in small amounts – buying an ounce for $170 and selling it in small amounts for $280, the report said.

The marijuana found in the car weighed approximately 2 ounces, police said.

He was taken to the La Porte County Jail and later released on a $600 cash bond, according to court records. He has pleaded not guilty and his next hearing is scheduled for May 6 in Superior Court 4.