Couple passed out in car in traffic while babysitting, Franklin County sheriff's office says

kward1@herald-leader.comApril 8, 2014 

A Franklin County couple who were babysitting an infant were arrested after a sheriff's deputy found them passed out in a car in traffic.

The driver, Paul Rearden, 28, of Frankfort, was unconscious and slumped over the wheel when Lt. Russ Sparks found the vehicle stopped in front of the courthouse on St. Clair Street at about 3 p.m. Monday, according to the Franklin County sheriff's office.

"When Sparks banged on the window, the driver regained consciousness and took his foot off of the brake, causing the vehicle to roll forward," according to a news release.

Sparks put the vehicle in park and noticed the baby in the back seat.

Rearden and his passenger, Christie Rearden, 27, of Frankfort, were under the influence of narcotics, and oxycodone was found, the sheriff's office said.

Paul Rearden was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, first offense; first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance; first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree criminal abuse. He is being held on $30,220 bond.

Christie Rearden was arrested and charged with public intoxication, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree criminal abuse. She is being held on $20,100 bond.

The Reardens, who are in the Franklin County Detention Center, are scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. April 15.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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