Man charged after overdosing in hot car with child in back seat

July 21, 2018

HUNTINGTON — A high bond has been set for a man who allegedly overdosed on illegal drugs in his car while an 18-month-old child sat in the back seat as temperatures in the vehicle reached 100 degrees Thursday.

Michael Lee Rose, 34, of Huntington, was jailed at 10:10 p.m. Thursday. Authorities in Cabell County charged him with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, child neglect creating a risk of death or injury, DUI with child, being a prohibited person with a firearm and driving on a suspended or revoked license for DUI. Bond was set at $160,000 by Cabell County Magistrate Dan Goheen.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court, West Virginia State Trooper Cpl. S.N. Swope responded to a business in the 6000 block of Ohio River Road in Lesage in reference to an ongoing overdose at about 6 p.m. Thursday.

When arriving at the scene, the officer met with Cabell County EMS paramedics who said Rose was unresponsive in the driver’s seat in a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu with a 18-month-old child in the back seat. The child was sweating profusely and the temperature was recorded at 100 degrees at the time.

Prior to the officer’s arrival, Rose was administered naloxone. When he was alert upon the officer’s arrival, he was asked to get out of the vehicle to be searched. The officer then recovered a loaded pistol from his front pocket. The defendant was also found to possess two baggies of what appeared to be meth and heroin, along with a set of digital scales disguised as a cell phone. About $240 in cash was recovered from his pocket, as well.

Inside the car, officers found additional meth.

Rose was placed into custody and taken to the Huntington Police Department for questioning.

During the drive, he was snoring and was unresponsive with mucus coming out of his mouth and nose, the officer reported.

The child was taken to an area hospital and Child Protective Services was notified.

Upon further investigation, the officer noticed Rose’s vehicle had driver’s side damage consistent to a call of a hit and run in the 6300 block of Ohio River Road just before he responded to the scene.

The officer also found Rose’s driver’s license had been suspended for a previous DUI last year.

Rose is currently housed at Western Regional Jail in Barboursville.

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