Police respond to call on driver asleep at wheel; recover narcotics, stolen SUV and property

UPDATE: A records check on the 2008 Silver Ford Explorer showed it was reported stolen from the 500 block of Van Zandt Monday, Jan. 9. During a search of the vehicle, officers located property that was linked to an unrelated vehicle burglary.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Investigations Unit also responded to assist with the field investigation.



San Angelo Police officers responding to a call about a driver asleep in a running vehicle at the intersection of Bishop and Caddo streets Wednesday morning recovered narcotics, a stolen SUV and property linked to another vehicle burglary from an unrelated incident.

Officers responded to the call at about 9:14 a.m. When they made contact with the vehicle, officers found the man asleep in the driver’s seat.

“They woke him up, the vehicle was still in drive.” said San Angelo Police Department Public Information Officer Tracy Gonzalez.

The driver, identified as John Chapman, 26, had an outstanding warrant and was placed under arrest.

During the field investigation, the drugs found with Chapman field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Gonzalez did not know how much meth Chapman had in possession or what the charge for him will be at the time of the media briefing.

The vehicle, which was missing its back license plate, was found to have been reported stolen Jan. 9 from the 500 block of Van Zandt.

“What’s interesting is, it’s a 2008 Ford Explorer, the original color is silver, but as you might have seen in the front, someone attempted to conceal the color by doing an extremely poor paint job on certain portions of the body of the vehicle.” Gonzalez said.

This is an ongoing investigation. Chapman was taken to police headquarters to be interviewed. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation, Gonzalez said.