September 22, 2020

Alabama felon pleads guilty after deputies found him unresponsive in car, bag of meth hanging from mirror

An Alabama man pleaded guilty to drug and weapons charges in federal court after police responding to the report of a car wreck found the man unresponsive at the wheel and a bag of meth hanging from the rear view mirror.

Colby Roy Austin pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Richard W. Moore with the Southern District of Alabama reported Monday.

Austin faces a prison sentence of 5 to 40 years in prison for the drug charge and up to 10 years on the weapons charge.

He will be sentenced Jan. 31, 2020.

On February 18, 2019, deputies from Choctaw County, Alabama, received a call for a car accident.

When the deputies arrived the driver, later identified as Austin, was slouched over the steering wheel and unresponsive.

Deputies used a baton to break the passenger window.

When this happened, Austin woke up and was asked to get out of the car. When Austin opened the door a firearm was visible in the driver side door.

Austin had previously been convicted of a felony offense and admitted he knew he was not allowed to possess a firearm. Austin was placed into custody.

In a brown bag hanging from the rear view mirror was a bag containing approximately 10 grams of ice/methamphetamine. Other items recovered from the vehicle included a pipe for smoking drugs, digital scales and clear plastic bags. All these items are used for drug distribution.