Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Heroin Junkies Pass Out in Moving Car with 4-Year-Old Daughter in Back Seat

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 11:39 AM

click to enlarge George Stevenson was passed out in the back seat with the child, according to police. A mughot of Van Deusen was not available. - ST. LOUIS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
  • George Stevenson was passed out in the back seat with the child, according to police. A mughot of Van Deusen was not available.
St. Louis prosecutors yesterday charged George Stevenson, 32, and Diane Van Deusen, 31, with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia stemming from an incident last month in which they allegedly injected themselves with heroin and passed out as they drove down the street.

Van Deusen was further charged with endangering the welfare of the couple's four-year-old daughter who was in the backseat of the vehicle when she passed out behind the wheel. 

According to the probable cause statements against the two (viewable here), the couple purchased heroin October 13 outside a gas station in the 200 block of East Grand in north St. Louis -- just across the river from their hometown of Granite City. 

Van Deusen allegedly injected four pills of heroin and took four Xanax before attempting to pull out of the parking lot. A short distance away, the car came to a halt in a lane of traffic.

Witnesses approached the car and removed the child. According to those witnesses, Van Deusen was unconscious behind the wheel with a syringe in her hand. Stevenson, who was allegedly in a similar state in the rear of the car, later regained consciousness.

Witnesses say he threw a syringe to the ground and tried to remove Van Duesen from the driver's seat in order to flee the scene. Police arrested him before he could do so and allegedly uncovered five pills of heroin in his pocket. Police say additional syringes were found inside the vehicle, under the vehicle, and in Van Deusen's purse.

Tags: ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

July 21, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation