URBANA — A Fairbury couple who were allegedly using heroin Thursday while they had children in a car in Urbana were arrested.
Lt. Bryant Seraphin said Sgt. Andy Charles was on his way to back an officer on a call about 3:30 p.m. when he came upon a car angled across the 100 block of West Country Club Road near the Urbana Country Club.
The stopped car, with several people in it, drew Charles' attention as he passed it. Told he wasn't needed as a backup on the earlier call, Charles went back to where the stopped car was and saw that it was moving. He stopped the car and talked to the driver.
That man, identified as Jason Mowery, 38, got out and admitted to recently using heroin. Seraphin said Mowery reported he had used heroin a day earlier but the woman in the passenger seat, Erin Sedam, 34, reported he had used within the hour.
Seraphin said police found a hypodermic syringe on her. In her bra was a piece of an aluminum can with char marks and a brown residue on it consistent with what's used for cooking heroin to get it in liquid form to be injected.
In the back seat of the car were a 2-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl who were not restrained.
"As we are arresting them and calling DCFS (to get the children) we found stolen tools and collectible coins that they said were stolen from friends and family in Fairbury," said Seraphin.
On Friday, Mowery was charged with driving under the influence of a drug, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and endangering the life or health of a child.
Sedam was charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the life or health of a child.
If convicted of the most serious of all those charges Mowery and Sedam face penalties ranging from probation to one to three years in prison.
Judge Jeff Ford set Mowery's bond at $30,000 and set a probable cause hearing for him on June 27. Sedam's bond was put at $1,000 and she was told to be back in court July 15.