Police: Rockwell man charged with impaired driving after parking lot accident with baby in his car

Published 2:44 pm Monday, October 16, 2017

By Shavonne Walker


SALISBURY — A Rockwell man who overdosed on drugs passed out in his car in a Walgreens parking lot with his 8-month-old child in the back seat, according to the Salisbury Police Department.

Police charged Alex Wesley Sadler, 21, of the 100 block of Broom Street, with misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor and impaired driving.

Authorities said Sadler struck a parked vehicle in the parking lot of Walgreens at 1505 E. Innes St. shortly after 10 p.m. Friday. He was driving a 2005 Ford Freestyle sport utility vehicle.

When first responders arrived, Sadler was unconscious, and it was determined he had overdosed, police said. It’s not clear what substance he had taken, but he had a syringe in his pocket.

His 8-month-old child was in the back seat.

Sadler was conscious but slurring his words when police officers arrived. He was treated at the scene by firefighters and first responders. He was taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Police say Rowan Social Services is involved in the case. Sadler remains jailed under a $1,000 secured bond.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.