A man police found passed out Monday morning in an Oak Grove restaurant booth is in federal custody for drug and felony possession charges.
James Pettus, 39, is charged with intent to distribute methamphetamine, felony possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm while trafficking in drugs after he told police he had been on a week-long meth “bender” and also trafficking meth when he passed out in the Iron Skillet Restaurant, in the Oak Grove 70 Petro Truck Stop, Monday morning.
According to court documents, Oak Grove Police had been called shortly before 10 a.m. for an unresponsive man in the restaurant. An officer found Pettus asleep and snoring, with his face and arms covered in saliva and snot. After many attempts to wake him, Pettus, recently of St. Louis, could only say his name was “James,” could not provide ID and when asked said that “Bush” was the president.
The officer called for an ambulance, but while waiting Pettus pulled a knife and flipped it open. After a brief struggle, Pettus' knife was taken away and he was handcuffed, and then an officer found a loaded handgun in Pettus waistband and about 42 grams of suspected meth in a pocket.
Officers later identified Pettus and learned he has felony convictions for unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance, theft and car theft. Pettus refused medical treatment and later told police the knife, gun and meth were his. In addition to his “bender,” Pettus told police he had been trafficking meth since January.