Deputies arrested a Marion man after he was found passed out in his car at a gas station on U.S. Highway 45.
Payton B. Meloy, 24, is charged with possession of methamphetamine.
Shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, March 28, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Krueger stopped at the Bear Creek Citgo station. A clerk asked him if he was there for the man sleeping in his car. Krueger said he would check on it.
When he approached the car, Krueger found the driver, identified as Meloy, asleep. Krueger knocked on the window, woke Meloy and asked him if he was all right.
Meloy said he was just tired.
Krueger then quizzed him about where he was coming from.
According to the criminal complaint, Meloy said he was coming from his cousin’s house on Neitzke Road in Marion, more than a dozen miles away.
When Krueger then asked where he was going, Meloy thought about it for awhile, then said “Neitzke Road.”
Krueger told Meloy his answers did not make sense and asked if he had been using drugs. Meloy said no.
Krueger then left Meloy, called Deputy Bill Zeamer and asked him to bring Caesar, the county’s canine.
Dispatch advised Krueger that Meloy had a prior drug conviction in Waupaca County from September 2013.
Krueger returned to the car and found Meloy asleep again.
Zeamer arrived with Caesar, and the dog alerted to the presence of drugs in the car.
Zeamer and Krueger seached the car and reported finding crystal meth.