A Pouslbo man arrested last year after a deputy found him passed out in a Chevrolet Impala in the middle of a Port Hadlock street with loaded handguns and suspected methamphetamine in the car has …
A Pouslbo man arrested last year after a deputy found him passed out in a Chevrolet Impala in the middle of a Port Hadlock street with loaded handguns and suspected methamphetamine in the car has again been arrested in a purported drug-induced parking incident in Port Hadlock.
Dalton Ray Decker was taken into custody April 2 after workers at a Hadlock espresso stand called about a suspicious van that had been parked there for nearly an hour.
An employee at the drive-thru said a Toyota van had come to the window before 6 p.m. but had not left after 40 minutes, and she said people in the van were smoking something that was making the employees at the coffee stand feel physically sick, and it wasn’t the smell of cannabis or tobacco. The caller said the driver was also asking “a lot of strange questions” about the business.
Deputies responded and boxed in the Toyota Sienna van so the driver couldn’t pull away.
The driver, later identified as Decker, 20, was asked why he was there.
When Decker allegedly said he was just getting coffee, deputies asked why that would take 40 minutes or an hour to do.
Decker didn’t say anything beyond, “We had a big order,” according to court documents.
Deputies noticed a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask and hose that was hooked up to a homemade contraption between the driver’s seat and a passenger’s seat, with the hose wrapped around the driver’s armrest in the van.
Authorities also learned that the license plate on the van had been taken from a 2007 Cadillac SRX, and the employees from the coffee stand told deputies they had seen Decker changing the plates on the van in their parking lot “not too long after a couple deputies were across the street with another car earlier,” according to court documents.
Decker initially gave deputies his brother’s name when he was asked to identify himself.
The van was soon found to be reported stolen out of Kitsap County.
According to a probable cause report, Decker started complaining of health issues and a difficulty in breathing and an ambulance was called to the scene.
Decker was taken to the emergency room and was unable to stay awake during a search warrant-approved blood draw to test for driving under the influence, and the attending physician said Decker appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic, but not hydroxyzine, seroquel, or suboxone that Decker had allegedly told a deputy that he had taken earlier.
Decker is facing a felony charge of possession of a stolen vehicle, as well as physical control while under the influence, and making false or misleading statements to a public servant.
The legal troubles are the latest for Decker in Jefferson County.
Decker and another man were arrested after deputies were called to the intersection of Seventh Avenue and East Kinkaid Street in Port Hadlock just before 4 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8 after someone reported a vehicle that had been parked in the roadway for 30 minutes while the headlights were still on.
A responding deputy found a white Chevrolet Impala in the middle of the street with the engine off but the running lights on. Three people were passed out inside, and the officer could also see car stereos and a computer monitor stacked in the back seat, with cut wiring on the stereos that made them look stolen.
After another deputy arrived, one of the officers woke up the driver, later identified as Decker, who was wearing a black ski mask with holes for the eyes and mouth.
Decker was pulled out of the vehicle as he began to reach for something, the deputy looked to where Decker had been reaching and found a loaded 9mm handgun.
Another deputy pulled out the front-seat passenger, who was found to be sitting on a loaded Taurus pistol that had the safety lever off.