PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Police in phoenix arrested a man, possibly high on drugs, who was behind the wheel with two kids in the car.
Phoenix police said several people saw the man, identified as Scott Marley, passed out in the drivers seat, outside a convenience store near 35th Avenue and Bethany Home. Police said someone saw Marley passed out in th driver seat of his van, with a needle stuck in his arm. A woman was reportedly in the front seat, with two children in the back.
When officers approached Marley, he woke up and drove away. Marley was later found parked at a gas station a few blocks away. According to police, Marley failed field sobriety tests, and the admitted to using heroin an hour earlier. He was arrested for alleged DUI.
The woman inside the car, meanwhile, reportedly showed signs of a possible drug overdose, and was taken to the hospital.
The children, ages one and five, were not hurt, and both are reportedly in DCS custody. DCS officials said they have seen an increase in drug-related calls in recent years, and have implemented several new programs to help addicts recover, and keep their children.
"Hopefully, those parents look at this as a crisis, an opportunity for change," said Susan Smith, Prevention Administrator with the Department of Child Safety. "Some families aren't ready to leave the drug situation and addictions, and others are wanting to make those changes, willing to make changes, and do make those changes."