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Bruce T. Winn Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy WYCKOFF PD

WYCKOFF, N.J. -- A Pennsylvania driver found by Wyckoff police in a parking lot after his disabled car had apparently struck something was under the influence of drugs, had heroin in the car and threatened officers, authorities said.

Sgt. Michael Ragucci spotted the Ford Mustang straddling two parking stalls on Everett Avenue on Sunday, Nov. 15, Police Chief Benjamin Fox said Tuesday.

"A tire on the car had been shredded as if the vehicle has struck something," he said.

A passenger was passed out in the back seat, while 49-year-old driver Bruce T. Winn of Thompson, PA was incoherent, the chief said.

The 50-year-passenger, of the Bronx, was taken to the hospital because of the extent of his drugged condition, Fox said.

Winn, meanwhile, was arrested.

Police found nine bags of heroin in the car, along with 2 bags of possible marijuana laced with PCP.

After a breath test showed no alcohol in his system, Winn was tested by a Drug Recognition officer, Fox said.

He was charged with driving while under the influence of drugs, possessing heroin and PCP and having drugs in a motor vehicle, and received several traffic summosnes, the chief said.

"There was nobody in the area to release him to and he was housed in the Wyckoff Police Department jail cell," Fox said. "During that time he made threats against the officers and acted erratically.

"He was then transported to the hospital for observation due to concerns about the manner in which the narcotics were affecting him."

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