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May 9, 2014

Child leads police to father's drugs

Boy takes 60 grams of cocaine out of father's pocket in police station lobby

SALISBURY — A New Hampshire man was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail on cocaine trafficking and child endangerment charges, after his 3-year-old child pulled nearly 60 grams of cocaine from his father’s pocket while the two awaited a ride home from the Salisbury police station.

Bounleua Phoubaykham, 35, of 14 Pierce St., Apt. E, Dover, was arraigned yesterday at Newburyport District Court on charges of trafficking in cocaine, possession to distribute cocaine and reckless endangerment of a child.

The charges are the result of a bizarre event at the Salisbury police station after an early morning accident yesterday in Salisbury Square.

According to police reports, Salisbury officers Michael Tullercash and Patrick Szymkowski responded to the accident in which they found Phoubaykham’s car facing northbound in the southbound lane in front of the former Richdale’s Convenience Store.

The officers said Phoubaykham, driving a Chevy sedan, was disoriented, and his 3-year-old son was in the back seat, properly restrained in a child seat.

Both Szymkowski and emergency medical responders determined that Phoubaykham was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but that he had fallen asleep behind the wheel because of extreme fatigue.

Phoubaykham told Tullercash he had driven from Dover to Lowell and was in the process of returning to Dover. He was lost and very tired because he was “working numerous jobs at all hours day and night.” He admitted he’d fallen asleep behind the wheel previously, even getting into an accident earlier that night in New Hampshire on Interstate 95.

Due to a flat tire on the vehicle, the lateness of the hour and Phoubaykham’s fatigue, Tullercash took him and his son back to the police station where they could wait in the lobby for a ride home from a friend, who was coming from Portsmouth.

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