Charles Flaum

Police find man passed out, car running, foot on brake

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Charles Flaum, 34, was charged with drug abuse/alprazolam and physical control, according to a police report.

Middletown police allegedly found Flaum sitting at a red light at the corner of Highland and Roosevelt, the report read. Because police were unable to wake Flaum, they tried to break out a window with their flashlights. When Flaum woke up, he was “very startled and appeared to be confused,” the report said.

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He put his foot on the accelerator, but because a police cruiser was parked in front of his car, his vehicle couldn’t move into the intersection, according to the report.

Charles Flaum

Police said they saw a pop can that was upside down with a filter, a cotton ball, and some residue inside of the pop can bottom. This is “consistent” with shooting up heroin, according to the report.

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When Flaum was removed from his vehicle, he was unsteady on his feet, police said. When asked what time it was, Flaum said it was 12:30 p.m. It was 9:45 p.m., police said.

Flaum told police he didn’t have a syringe on him, but he shot up heroin prior to getting in the vehicle.

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While searching the vehicle, police found several pills, later identified as alprazolam, heroin residue and a suboxone strip.

Flaum's arraignment has been continued until Oct. 18 in Middletown Municipal Court, according to court documents.

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