Intoxicated cyclist pleads guilty



A defendant pleaded guilty Monday in Logan County Common Pleas Court to riding his bike along a busy state route while he was high on drugs.

Joshua Ross, 34, of Huntsville, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Officers of the Russells Point Police Department responded a little after 7 p.m. Aug. 3 to a report of a man weaving in and out of traffic on a bicycle on State Route 366 in Russells Point.

Arrest reports indicate the defendant didn’t immediately respond to lights and sirens and didn’t stop until he was cut off by police. Officers reportedly found the defendant visibly intoxicated and unsteady on his feet.

A search of the backpack the defendant was carrying revealed a syringe, burnt spoon and four foil balls containing about .2 grams of heroin. Mr. Ross also admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana earlier in the day.

The defendant told police he had picked the heroin up in Midway earlier in the day.

Mr. Ross has been sentenced to prison twice before in Logan County for obstructing official business and possession of drugs. Prosecutors and defense in this case are jointly recommending community control.

A presentence investigation was ordered and the defendant will be sentenced March 10.