(WORTHINGTON) – An Avon man was arrested on drug charges Tuesday night after police found him partially dressed and asleep on a park bench.
Worthington police arrived at the park just before 7 p.m. to find 27-year-old Marinko Tanaskovich lying in a grassy area beside the park’s mortars and cannons.
Tanaskovich was curled up in the fetal position and wearing only a black t-shirt, a pair of blue underwear, and a pair of black socks.
Two men told police they attempted to wake Tanaskovich, who they saw lying in a different part of the park earlier.
Police woke Tanaskovich. According to probable cause affidavit Tanaskovich seemed to be under the influence of a narcotic or a controlled substance because he could not stand still, was sweaty and jittery, and at times seemed disoriented, incoherent, and confused.
But Tanaskovich told police he was just tired. When police asked Tanaskovich where he was he replied Bloomington.
Police then told him he was in a city park in Worthington. Tanaskovich then argued with police saying he was in Bloomington.
Tanaskovich, who was not drunk, was then checked by Greene County EMS.
Police also found Tanaskovich’s SUV in the parking lot, along with a pile of clothing outside of the vehicle and two floor mats, and a pair of steel-toed work boots.
Police found a plastic pill bottle with a blue paper napkin with a glass smoking pipe wrapped inside with a white-powdery substance. They also found a plastic straw with white residue and a ziplock baggie containing a white crystal-like substance.
The substance tested positive for meth.
K9 Layla alerted officers that a suitcase in the vehicle also may contain narcotics. Inside that case officers found a book titled “Secrets of Methamphetamine Manufacture 8th. Edition,” by Uncle Fester.
Tanaskovich was taken to Greene County General Hospital, for a medical evaluation and he submitted to a blood draw. He refused to give a urine sample stating – “I’m a human being and I demand to be treated like one. I’m not an animal and I’m not peeing in a cup for you, I want you to start treating me like a person and not an animal!'”
At the hospital, Tanaskovich told police he was just tired because he was up for three days and didn’t understand why he was in the hospital.
When asked if he had been doing meth, Tanaskovich admitted to doing the drug before he had left work, saying he had smoked and snorted it.
Tanaskovich was medically cleared at the hospital and then taken to the Greene County jail on felony charges of possession of meth and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.