Paris man was asleep at the wheel — and things went downhill from there

paris police tahoe (2)Falling asleep at the wheel proved costly for Sean Kenneth Friday, 28, of Paris.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Paris police officers discovered Friday asleep in the driver’s seat of a gray Dodge pickup at the intersection of Ridgeview Road and Collegiate Avenue.

Officers then discovered methamphetamine and a pair of brass knuckles inside the vehicle, police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said.

When officers attempted to take the man into custody, he resisted arrest, Garrett said.

Friday was booked into the Lamar County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a prohibited weapon, a traffic violation and resisting arrest.

Paris officers responded to 89 calls for service on Monday, resulting in four arrests.

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.