As if the ice was not reason enough to be careful on the roads, you never know when a drug user might hit your vehicle. Winona Police Department officers are referring Taylor Nicholas Gleeson, 22, of Winona, for driving under the influence of a controlled substance after he allegedly caused two accidents, and tested positive for methamphetamine and prescription drugs on November 6 of last year. Additionally, Gleeson may face another charge after he was allegedly found with more drugs in his vehicle on Sunday, February 10, according to the police officers.
According to the November 2012 report, a 72-year-old Winona man reported being side-swiped by Gleeson while driving south on Mankato Avenue near Community Memorial Hospital. According to the report, Gleeson continued driving, turning right on Highway 61 and allegedly hit another vehicle, driven by a 65-year-old Winona woman near Huff Street and Highway 61. Officers found Gleeson’s vehicle in the median there. A blood test recently came back, indicating that Gleeson had been under the influence of methamphetamine and prescription drugs. Gleeson is being referred for driving under the influence of a controlled substance, failure to stop after an accident, driving after revocation, driving with no insurance, and failure to stop for a red light, following that incident.
At 1:18 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, officers got a report that Gleeson, whose driving privilege had been revoked, was allegedly stumbling and acting suspicious outside of Game Stop at Frontenac Drive in Winona. According to the report, Gleeson got into his vehicle and drove away. Officers searched the area before finding Gleeson in his car, parked “oddly” at the Target parking lot. Officers spoke with Gleeson and saw what they believed to be a long gun and a pocket knife in his car. According to the report, officers handcuffed Gleeson for safety. Allegedly Gleeson’s speech was slurred and he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance, the report said. Officers searched the vehicle, and found prescription medications, an unmarked pill, a hypodermic needle. They found the firearm was in fact a BB gun.
The police department is still investigating whether Gleeson had a prescription for the medications found and are waiting for the results of a urine test to determine whether Gleeson was, in fact, under the influence of controlled substances.