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Man charged after incident at Hillsville restaurant

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N.C. man faces charges for drugs and child endangerment; woman found passed out in restroom.

By Staff Reports

HILLSVILLE — An apparently intoxicated customer drew the attention of workers at McDonald’s first and then police, which lead to several felony charges last Thursday against a 31-year-old Sparta, N.C., man.
Workers at the Interstate 77 Exit 14 area fast food restaurant notified the Hillsville Police Department of a man and a woman who appeared to be intoxicated, according to a news release.

First Sgt. Robby Martin responded to investigate. “On his arrival, he was advised the female was unresponsive and passed out in the women’s bathroom and the male was leaving in a red truck with West Virginia tags with several children,” the release said.
The officer got the pickup truck stopped before it could leave.
McDonald’s employees cared for the woman until Martin and Carroll Fire Rescue showed up.
Police identified the woman as Tracy Lynn Calhoun of Sparta. Martin called for rescue due to her condition and items found at the scene.
Tracy Calhoun was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital.
After finding evidence and taking statements, Martin charged the male, John Caldwell Calhoun, for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia and several counts of child endangerment and neglect.
Police expect more charges to be filed in this case.
John Calhoun was taken into custody and remained at the New River Valley Regional Jail as of Monday.
Martin received assistance from Capt. James Alderman and Sgt. Alan Gravley of the Hillsville Police Department and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputies.