Minor car crash on Raleigh street leads to felony heroin arrest

Larry Emmett Huston
Larry Emmett Huston

A 66-year-old Raleigh man faces heroin-trafficking and impaired-driving charges after his car crashed into one parked in a neighborhood in south Raleigh.

Larry Emmett Huston, who lives at 3216 Jobs Journey Court, was arrested on Shelden Drive about 10 p.m. Saturday. Police said that in his car, they found between 14 and 28 grams of heroin, which is the minimum amount required for a trafficking charge.

They charged him with two counts of trafficking – one for having heroin and one for transporting it – maintaining a vehicle to keep drugs, cocaine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. The last charge is a misdemeanor. Traffic charges were driving while impaired and failure to reduce speed, records showed.

An accident report said police got a call just before 9 p.m. after a 2007 Mazda hit a parked car and knocked it into the yard in front of a house in the 500 block of Shelden Drive.

Police estimated Huston’s car was going about 35 mph when, he told them, the parked car “just came out of nowhere.”

Huston seemed impaired, an officer wrote, and “admitted to smoking crack cocaine prior to the accident.”

Huston was initially held on $200,000 bail and later released on bond.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT