A Winona man was arrested early Monday by sheriff's deputies after a search of his SUV on County Road 29 near Lewiston ended with the discovery of rocks of suspected heroin and meth.
Winona County Sheriff Ron Ganrude said a call came in about someone complaining about a driver "falling asleep at the wheel." At 2:11 a.m. a deputy found a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer on the side of Co. Road 29 south of Lewiston with its lights on, and he woke up the driver.
Andrew Valentine, 28, of Winona said he was driving from Rochester, where he had been arrested for DWI the night before. The deputy reported Valentine seemed confused and disoriented and that his speech was slurred and eyes bloodshot.
The sheriff said Valentine told the deputy that he had "had meth earlier in the day, but only a little bit." That's when Valentine reached into his pant pocket and tried to hide something on the floor of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle then produced an eyeglass case containing one baggie of suspected meth and three with rocks of what appeared to be brown heroin, along with a syringe, spoon and drinking straw.
Valentine is being held at the Winona County Jail.