When authorities located the truck in question, the driver's side door was open and the vehicle was running and in gear. Murfreesboro Police say the driver was "slumped over in the driver seat" and that "the subject's foot was on the brake."
The 38-year old who was behind the wheel was later identified as Lawrence E. Darling. He was said to have slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet when he was asked to step out of the truck. Inside the vehicle, Officer R. Whitley wrote, "I viewed a syringe in between the driver's seat and passenger seat containing a brownish / black fluid." Darling told police the liquid was Opana. The drug Opana or Oxymorphone, treats severe pain in patients. Police continued to search the vehicle and then found a burnt spoon and "several used syringe needle heads."
The truck was later released to a family member and Darling was taken to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center in Murfreesboro. He was charged with DUI, Possession of a schedule four drug, Possession of a schedule two drug and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Dangerous Drugs - Negative impact of Opana:
According to Narcanon, "Fifteen people who managed to inject material from this pill were hospitalized in Tennessee alone with a condition called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura -- that is a complicated term describing a problem where small blood clots develop in narrow vessels throughout the body. This problem leads to widespread organ damage, most particularly for the kidneys."
MPD Arrest Report #15-6140