Fort Mill police found an unconscious driver parked at Love’s Travel Stop on Tuesday afternoon with drugs in his hands and lap.

   The drug arrest couldn’t have been any easier.

   David William Ballard, 49, of Springer Court, Rock Hill, was charged with three drug offenses after being found with heroin, methamphetamine and fentanyl, according to a Fort Mill police report. (Story continues below.)

Love’s Travel Stop, Fort Mill, SC

   The police report spells out what happened when officers were dispatched to the gas station at 135 Sutton Ridge Road:

   “Officer Sercu and Officer Cook arrived on the scene to find the male subject still unresponsive with a clear plastic bag filled with pills in his hand and another in his lap. Officer Sercu knocked on the window, at which time the male awoke in a frenzy.”

   The suspect wouldn’t open his door, and when officers found a way inside, Ballard tried to push the officers away. The officers then took him to the ground and handcuffed him.

 Members of the York County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit were called, and they arrived to identify the drugs, which amounted to 47 total pills. A paramedic was also called to check out Ballard because he had consumed some type of drug and had a cut to his head, the report says.

   Ballard was charged with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, heroin and meth.

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Greg "Ricky Bobby" Rickabaugh has lived in the Fort Mill and York County community since 2006. He has covered the area while a reporter for The Charlotte Observer and a freelance writer for The Fort Mill...

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