HAZARD — A Breathitt County man was arrested in Hazard by Hazard Police Department (HPD) relating to an incident that happened in an convenience store located on Morton Boulevard.
According to a citation made by Hazard Police Officer Doug Ashley, an employee of Apple Market convenience store advised Officer Ashley that a male subject had been in the restroom for an unusually long time. Upon arrival to Apple Market, the citation says that Officer Ashley entered the restroom and observed a syringe in the subject’s right hand. The subject was later identified as Orville Lee Turner II, 32, of Jackson. According to the citation, Turner immediately flushed the syringe down the toilet as Officer Ashley entered the restroom and then Turner picked up a Mountain Dew can that was sitting next to his left foot and threw it into the garbage. Turner then proceeded to whip blood on the wall in the bathroom stall, as well as the spot on his hand where he injected himself with the syringe, the citation says. Officer Ashley said in his citation that Turner had told Officer Ashley that his name was Shawn Hall.
Turner was placed under arrest and charged with public intoxication, buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, giving officer false name or address and tampering with physical evidence. He was transported to Kentucky River Regional Jail (KRRJ).
Upon arrival at KRRJ, the citation says that Turner was warned multiple times that if he had any drugs in his possession when he entered KRRJ, he would be charged. According to the citation, Turner told officers that he did not have any drugs in his possession.
When Turner was being searched, the citation says that Turner turned away from the deputy jailer and dropped a small round blue pill. According to the citation, the pill that Turner allegedly dropped had markings of 224 on side one and a center score mark on side two. The citation says that Turner then appeared try to put something in his mouth.
The citation says that a pill bottle had been found on Turner, and that the bottle had no lid on it. The citation says that Poison Control identified it as oxycodone 30 mg.
Turner faces additional charges of tampering with physical evidence, first-degree and first offense of possessing controlled substance, first-degree promoting contraband and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.