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Man on his way to narcotics anonymous meeting arrested for driving while on drugs

March 05, 2013|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

A 30-year-old man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs on his way to a narcotics anonymous meeting, officials said.

Officers stopped Arsen Galstyan after they spotted him driving erratically on the Foothill (210) and Glendale (2) freeways, according to Glendale police. He reportedly apologized for his driving, claiming he was using his cellphone and dropped it.

Galstyan, who reportedly admitted to a past arrest for drug use, added that he and his passenger were running late to a narcotics anonymous meeting.

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But officers noticed Galstyan was acting erratically and that his teeth were rotten. His fingertips appeared to be burned and calloused, which officers said is common among methamphetamine users.

After a field sobriety test, police arrested Galstyan on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

At the jail, officers discovered Galstyan was hiding heroin in his sock, which he claimed he had to use or he would get sick, police said.

Galstyan was also booked on suspicion of bringing the heroin into jail.

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