The parents of three children are facing drug and child abuse charges after deputies were called to the parking lot of a convenience store. Around 9:10AM last Wednesday, Sept. 4th, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call reporting a possible overdose in a store parking lot on W. Main Street in Eureka. The caller said a man and woman were passed out in a vehicle and there were small children inside.
While law enforcement and EMS were responding to the scene, the caller called back stating the individuals were awake and were leaving the store parking lot. The vehicle was located a short distance away by a deputy who reportedly observed the car driving left of center and displaying a fictitious license plate. A traffic stop was conducted by a DWI Task Force deputy.
Authorities said during the traffic stop the driver, 32 year-old Ashley Lynn Nichols of Stantonsburg, NC, was determined to be driving without a license, “grossly impaired”, and had three of her children in the car without a seat belt.
The male passenger, Forrest Bradley Faulkner, 42, of Stantonsburg, NC, the father of the children, was also determined to be “grossly impaired” and arrested.
Ashley Nichols was charged with possession of heroin, driving while impaired, driving on a revoked license, fictitious registration, no insurance, failure to register a motor vehicle, failure to secure a passenger under 16 and three counts of child abuse. Her bond was set at $12,000.
Forrest Faulkner was charged with possession of heroin and three counts of child abuse. His bail was set at $10,000.
The Wayne County Department of Social Services was also notified of the incident.