Police allege that a man carrying two “golfball” sized bags of powder cocaine fell asleep at the wheel early Thursday morning outside the drive-through window at the Krystal off U.S. 341, according to a Glynn County police report.
Joshua Darnell Griffin allegedly drove away in his Chevrolet Spark upon being awakened, leading police on a pursuit for several blocks and during which he supposedly tossed the cocaine bags out of the window before being captured at U.S. 341 and Glyndale Drive, according to the police report. Officers retraced the path of the pursuit to recover the cocaine, the report said.
Griffin, 26, of Glynn County, remained Tuesday in the Glynn County Detention Center, charged with trafficking in cocaine, tampering with evidence, willful obstruction of the law and fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, according to jail records.
The Krystal manager called police at 1:07 a.m. Thursday, saying a man was asleep in his vehicle outside the drive-through window. When the officer awakened Griffin, he “apparently thought I worked for the restaurant as he tried to place a food order with me,” officer J. Hyer wrote in his report.
Hyer said he could smell alcohol coming from inside the vehicle, the report said. Officer Guy Butler was posted at the passenger side window, where he said he saw the bags of cocaine.
Griffin then allegedly drove away. A stun-gun shot from Hyer failed to penetrate his shirt, the report said. Griffin turned right onto U.S. 341 and traveled several blocks with police officers in pursuit. The pursuit ended when Griffin allegedly stopped and stepped out of his vehicle in the parking lot at U.S. 341 and Glyndale Drive, the report said.
The powder Butler said he initially saw was no longer in the vehicle, the report said. Butler backtracked and found two bags of cocaine near the dividing median on U.S. 341 at Glyndale Drive, the report said.
Griffin was taken to the hospital emergency room with high blood pressure, then taken to jail. Due to a communication mixup, Griffin’s blood was not tested for possible DUI, the report said.