Two Men Busted for Drug Possession After Driver Found Slumped at Wheel

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Two men face drug charges after police found them in a car stopped in the middle of a street near Watertown Square, with the driver asleep at the wheel.

On March 3, at 11 p.m., Watertown Police received a report of a car blocking the intersection of Spring and Summer streets. When police arrived they found the vehicle had moved a few blocks to Spring and Palfrey streets, but the driver was slumped behind the wheel, said Watertown Police Lt. James O’Connor.

“Officer were able to wake the operator. A witness said he had been like that for about 8 minutes,” O’Connor said. “They found another male laying in the back of seat and appeared to be passed out.”

The driver was identified as Vasilios Soilemezoglou, 31, of Boston and the second man was identified as Eduard Rubinov, 32, of Newton.

Rubinov told police the car was his company car, and he was tired so he had Soilemezoglou drive. When police spoke to Soilemezoglou, he appear groggy and disoriented, O’Connor said.

“Both were exhibiting signs of being under the influence of narcotics,” O’Connor said.

Soilemezoglou was given field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest.

When police searched the car, the found a soda can that had been cut in half and a substance that appeared to be heroin was in the bottom, O’Connor said. Police also found hypodermic needles and two plastic baggies with a small amount of narcotics inside, O’Connor said.

Both men were taken to the Police Station for booking. When officers were booking Soilemezoglou they found another bag containing Social Security cards, birth certificates and an out-of-state driver’s license, O’Connor said. Police are investigating those items.

In addition they found some prescription pills for which Soilemezoglou did not have a prescription.

Soilemezoglou was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a Class A drug (heroin) and possession of a Class E drug. Rubinov was arrested on a charge of possession of a Class A drug (heroin).

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