Deputies: Parents passed out from drugs with kids in car

Pair accused of passing out in running car while kids were in backseat

jdeleon@bradenton.comMay 3, 2014 

MANATEE -- A judge set bail on Friday for one of two parents found passed out from drugs in the front seat of their running car while their children were sitting in the backseat.

Brian Thomas Emery, 31, and Brandy M. Joule, 32, were arrested by deputies after they were found at about 6 p.m. Thursday in the 5100 block of 26th Street East passed out.

Joule faces charges of child neglect and DUI, and Emery faces charges of child neglect, drug possession and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

The children were taken into custody by Child Protective Services.

Emery appeared before Judge Peter Dubensky on Friday afternoon in a Manatee County courtroom for a first appearance hearing.

Dubensky set bonds totaling $7,000 for Emery. He also ordered the two drug-related charges be continued for 48 hours to determine whether there was probable cause.

The State Attorney's Office objected to setting bail and requested it be set higher. Dubensky did not change the bond amount.

Joule, who is being held without bond, did not appear in court Friday because she is hospitalized.

Witnesses alerted a Florida Highway Patrol trooper about the two being asleep in the car, according to an arrest report. The trooper approached the car and noticed the children sweating in the backseat and then struggled to wake up Joule and Emery.

When they were awoken, Emery and Joule began acting nervously as they shuffled around things in their car and appeared to be severely impaired, deputies said in their reports.

As the deputies were conferring with one another, they also noticed the children sweating in the backseat, the report said. Deputies approached Joule, who was reportedly in the driver's seat.

"I immediately noticed what appeared to be 'track marks' on her left arm between the forearm and the bicep," one deputy wrote. "She had very slow, slurred speech and was dry mouthed. She was swaying as well."

Joule told the deputy that she was diabetic and had stopped to rest, the report stated. Deputies say she pointed to her left tricep when

asked where she injects her insulin.

The mother was then told she needed to take field sobriety field test, which she failed.

"Although she denied using drugs, she later made the spontaneous statement that she had taken Xanax and Tylenol PM," the deputy wrote. "She did not appear to be able to properly care for her small children."

Paramedics arrived to evaluate and treat her but said her vitals were inconsistent with her alleged condition. She was later transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital and admitted.

"Brian was falling asleep standing up, swaying and had extremely slurred speech," another deputy wrote in an arrest report. "I observed multiple needle marks to both of his arms that EMS confirmed were both fresh needle pricks and old needle pricks."

In a search of the car, the deputy found cocaine and a syringe with an unidentified controlled substance, the report said.

"I discovered several uncapped needles within reach of the children and the car was messy," the deputy wrote. "There were dirty diapers underneath the child's seat, trash and old food strewn all over the floor and (the child)'s car seat was soaking wet."

The car reportedly smelled of urine, but both parents told deputies that it was spilled juice.

Emery's past convictions in Manatee County include for possession of a controlled substance, felony petty theft, resisting arrest, violation of repeat violence injunction and sale or delivery of a Oxycodone, according to court records. He also has prior arrests of possession and sale of marijuana, shoplifting, theft and being a fugitive from Georgia, according to the State Attorney's Office.

Joule's past convictions in Manatee County include possession of Alprazolam, petty theft and resisting arrest. She has also been previously arrested on out-of-county warrants to face charges of violation of probation, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis and possession of marijuana.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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