DRYDEN, N.Y. — Police said a Dryden man is facing multiple charges after deputies found him slumped over his steering wheel Thursday morning.

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Joshua J. Rutan, 31, of Dryden, was found in his vehicle around 6 a.m. on Second Street, New York State Police said in a news release. 

Joshua Rutan

While investigating the scene, police said Rutan was driving while impaired by drugs and had about seven grams of heroin in his possession. They also found several items commonly used for the sale of narcotics in the vehicle.

Officials said Rutan also resisted arrest when troopers tried to take him into custody.

Rutan is charged with a felony for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor for driving while ability impaired by drugs, and resisting arrest.

Officials said he consented to a chemical test for drugs and lab results are pending.

Rutan was arraigned in the Town of Dryden Court and was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of posting $10,000 cash bail or $50,000 property bond.

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Jolene Almendarez

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