Florissant man found unconscious at the wheel after ‘binge smoking,’ deputies say

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Jacob Minks

MOSCOW MILLS, MO (KPLR) – A 20-year-old Florissant is facing drug charges after deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office found him passed out behind the wheel of a pickup truck in the middle of the road.

According to the sheriff’s office, the incident happened in the early morning hours of May 14. A concerned citizen called the sheriff’s office reported a man slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle on Humphrey Road near Highway MM.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found the truck parked in the middle of the road at a 45-degree angle.

It took deputies several minutes to wake up the driver, identified as Jacob Minks. Deputies said Minks was unable to maintain his balance and had trouble speaking.

Deputies found a loaded AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun in the front seat of his truck, as well as drug paraphernalia, a scale, a clear Ziploc bag, and marijuana. They also located a glass pipe commonly used for smoking methamphetamine.

Minks allegedly told deputies he was binge smoking marijuana and meth for the 30 hours and passed out. A few days prior, he said he was involved a domestic altercation in Elsberry with family members and fired a pistol into the air.

Minks was charged with DWI (drug intoxication), unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana. He remains in custody at Lincoln County Jail on $50,000 cash-only bond.