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Doper drives into police seminar
A Dowelltown man was arrested last Wednesday after he stumbled onto a meeting of law enforcement officers while allegedly looking for a place to inject Dilaudid.Dustin Allen Pedigo, 22, was charged with a second offense of driving under the influence and unlawful possession of a Schedule II drug (Dilaudid) for resale.He was further cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. Sheriff Patrick Ray said that Pedigo pulled into the driveway of the county fire department's main station on King Ridge Road on Sept, 26. More than 10 police vehicles were reportedly parked in the lot of the station, and more than 12 law enforcement officers were at the location for an in-service training session.A few officers who were outside the building when Pedigo drove up allegedly saw him pull up and then back up several times, almost hitting the keypad for the gate at one point.The sheriff said he believes Pedigo was looking for a place to “shoot up some dope.”Pedigo got out of the vehicle and the deputies could reportedly see him holding a cut straw and a hypodermic needle.He submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks, and submitted to a blood alcohol/drug test at the hospital.Ray said Pedigo admitted to drinking beer.While at the hospital, Pedigo reportedly went to the restroom and a small clear package fell onto the floor.Inside the package were four small yellow pills believed to be Dilaudid.His bond is $6,500 and he will be in court on Oct. 4.James Paul Wright, 37, and 29-year-old Jessica Louise Verbeke, both of Lebanon, were charged with theft of property over $500 on Sept. 27.