Vero Beach Man On Heroin Drives Recklessly Through Town

Man drives through Vero Beach on heroin.
Man drives through Vero Beach on heroin.

VERO BEACH – The Indian River Sheriff’s Office received a call Thursday about a light blue minivan driving recklessly in Vero Beach.

The driver, later identified as 37-year-old Joel Bray, was seen by witnesses driving his van through a red light during a busy intersection. The witnesses called the Sheriff’s Office as they followed the vehicle.

One caller said the van was “all over the road and constantly braking and speeding up,” according to the report. The caller then lost sight of the van when it ran through a second red light.

Another caller said the same van pulled into Glendale Elementary School. As they entered the parking lot, the van pulled out almost striking their vehicle head on. The caller turned around and followed the van, which went through a stop sign.

Law enforcement initiated a stop on the van and said the driver kept passing out. “His eyes, very watery, would roll back into his head and conversations stopped,” the report said.

Bray denied being under the influence of alcohol but told deputies he took heroin and said he was “snorting it.” Sobriety exercises and a breath test determined he wasn’t under the influence of alcohol, but showed signs of narcotic analgesic impairment.

Bray was arrested and transported to the Indian River County Jail.

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About Scott Lee
Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.