Indiana man found passed out in McDonald’s drive-thru arrested on OWI, drug charges


Matthew Brown

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. – Police arrested a Tipton man on multiple charges after he was found passed out in the drive-thru of a Muncie McDonald’s this week.

According to police, a woman called after seeing the man nod off in the drive-thru line and said he’d created a “traffic jam” because he’d fallen asleep in his vehicle. When he woke up, the woman said he sped off and drove erratically. It happened Monday around 10 p.m. at 3301 N. Chadam Lane.

According to court documents, police found the vehicle in the parking lot and talked to the driver, identified as Matthew Brown, 34. Brown told police he was in the parking lot eating his food and listening to the radio. He said he’d had a long day and was tired.

When asked about falling asleep in the drive-thru, he acknowledged that he may have nodded off for a second and then left because of the amount of traffic.

Police asked Brown to get out of the vehicle for a standard field sobriety test, which he failed. Officers found what appeared to be a crack pipe in the car door. While being placed in a police car, Brown said he had cocaine and marijuana.

Police said substances found with Brown tested positive for the drugs.

Charges against Brown include possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, operating while intoxicated and possession of paraphernalia.

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