An Okeechobee man was arrested Wednesday morning after he was reported to be asleep in his car with blood on his head.
Frederick Charles Holecek, 38, Northwest 82nd Court, was arrested Jan. 10 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) without a valid prescription and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $5,500.
According to an arrest report, at approximately 8 a.m. on Jan. 10, a member of the task force was requested to respond to Walgreens pharmacy on Northwest Park Street in regard to providing assistance to Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD) Officer Kelly Margerum.
Upon arrival, Officer Margerum informed the task force member that she was dispatched to the parking lot of Walgreens in regards to a man who was asleep and bleeding from the head in the driver's seat of a 2013 Kia.
Officer Margerum reportedly witnessed, Holecek in the driver's seat and, while she spoke with him, saw several syringes on the floor of the driver's seat area. When Officer Margerum had Holecek step out of the vehicle, she apparently saw a blue cut straw on the driver's seat. On the seat near the center console, a black eyeglass container was found open with a bottle cap containing white residue and another syringe, the report stated.
Per the report, Officer Margerum stated she decided to contact the task force for assistance with the investigation. Based on the training and experience of the task force member, the items located were reported as commonly used as an intravenous method of introducing narcotics into the body.
The report concluded that the bottle cap with the white powdery residue was field tested and gave a positive result for the presence of methamphetamine. Holecek was arrested, booked and transported to the Okeechobee County Jail on the aforementioned charges. The syringes, bottle cap and cut straw were collected as evidence and will be sent to the crime lab in Fort Pierce for further testing.
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