Charge: Dad, high on heroin, passes out while driving toddler

AUBURN, Wash. - A Milton father faces felony charges following allegations that he passed out from smoking heroin while attempting to drive his 2-year-old son.

According to charging papers, Jason M. Howard, 32, was found asleep on May 31 behind the wheel of a Ford Escort parked near an Auburn home. An electric gate had slammed into the car, but failed to wake Howard.

Police called by a resident found Howard belted in the parked car. His 2-year-old daughter was held in a car seat.

Writing the court, a King County Sheriff's Office detective said Howard told deputies he'd smoked heroin before driving his child. According to the detective's statement, a bag of heroin fell out of the car when Howard attempted to get out.

Howard has been charged with having control of a vehicle while under the influence as well as drug crimes. He is not jailed.