Stoplight catnapper pleads in drug case

2013-02-07T08:55:00Z Stoplight catnapper pleads in drug caseBy Jim Osborn josborn@columbustelegram.com Columbus Telegram
February 07, 2013 8:55 am  • 

COLUMBUS — A 29-year-old David City man who was arrested last fall after being found sleeping in his pickup at a Columbus stoplight has pleaded guilty to drug and weapons charges.

Defendant Brandon Frandsen pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession with intent to deliver marijuana, attempted possession of a controlled substance (Vicodin) and carrying a concealed shotgun during a hearing in Platte County District Court.

The Platte County Attorney’s Office dismissed charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug proceeds in return for Frandsen’s guilty pleas.

Judge Robert Steinke scheduled Frandsen for sentencing on March 29.

The intent to deliver charge is a Class III felony, punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment. The other drug and weapon charges are each Class I misdemeanors that carry a penalty of up to a year in jail.

Last fall’s episode began with Frandsen being found sleeping behind the wheel of his pickup at a stoplight at 8:15 on a Friday morning.

Court documents depict an incident in which Frandsen was stopped in the northbound lane of traffic at the intersection of 26th Avenue and 13th Street.

“I arrived at the scene and found northbound traffic on 26th Avenue was backed up to 12th Street,” Columbus Police Officer Charles Case Jr. said in his statement supporting Frandsen’s October arrest.

Case said he pulled next to the driver’s door and saw a white male, later identified as Frandsen, asleep behind the steering wheel.

“I parked in front of Frandsen’s vehicle and walked up to his vehicle. Frandsen’s vehicle was running, in gear-drive, with Frandsen’s right foot down on the brake,” Case said. The officer put the vehicle in park.

Case said he woke Frandsen and instructed him to shut the vehicle off. The officer’s statement said Frandsen, who had slept at a friend’s house after partying the night before, had fallen asleep while waiting for a red light.

The real trouble began when Case asked Frandsen to step out of his pickup.

“As he stepped out of the vehicle,” Case said in his arrest affidavit, the officer noticed a bundle of small plastic bags commonly used by drug dealers and users. The man admitted the bags “probably” contained drugs, the officer said.

Subsequent searches revealed suspected methamphetamine, one tablet of Hydrocodone-acetaminophen, marijuana, a glass pipe, an electronic scale, a concealed and loaded Remington WingMaster pump shotgun and nearly $1,300 in cash.

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