October 26, 2014

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Police charge man allegedly transporting urine

BRUNSWICK — A man found by police with small bottles of urine Wednesday apparently was doing a friend a favor.

An officer performed a random check at 12:55 p.m. on a passing vehicle at Pearl Road and Bennington Boulevard and found the driver had a failure to appear warrant out of Berea Municipal Court, according to a police report.

The officer asked driver Jason Barkfelt, 27, of 4404 Wolff Road, to get out of the car and patted him down, police said.

The officer found a small pill bottle in his pocket, and Barkfelt said the bottle contained pills he takes to help him with a narcotics habit, according to the report. However, the officer opened the bottle to find liquid that smelled like urine.

Barkfelt reportedly said it was urine he was holding for a friend.

The report said the officer also found two syringes  inside the waistband of Barkfelt’s pants. Barkfelt said they also belonged to a friend and they contained heroin. There were no drugs in the syringes, the report said.

Barkfelt was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing official business.

Officers searched his car and found another pill bottle filled with urine and a half-gallon bleach container.

Barkfelt reportedly told officers the container held bleach, but police said it smelled like something else.

Barkfelt was issued citations and released.

Contact Maria Kacik at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@ohio.net.