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Driver arrested on suspicion of drug use was carrying bottle of friend's urine


OBERLIN – A man, who was carrying a bottle of his friend’s urine, was arrested on the suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs, police said.

Gregory Bramwell, 36, of Amherst, was arrested and charged operating a vehicle under the influence, driving under suspension and obstructing official business after a traffic stop around 3 p.m. Sept. 3.

Police stopped Bramwell after a caller, who was following the vehicle, said he was “driving all over the road and very recklessly.” Bramwell was stopped as he pulled into the parking lot of 60 S. Pleasant St., but he initially refused to comply with a police officer’s orders, walking toward the front of the Jeep that he was previously driving, according to a police report.

Bramwell was handcuffed, at which time a small prescription pill container of urine fell out of his pocket.

Bramwell, who police said appeared to be struggling to keep his eyes open and had slurred speech, told an officer that he “always carries a bottle of urine on him at all times, just in case he needs it.”

Police said Bramwell later told police the urine belonged to his friend John, and he was carrying it because he smokes marijuana and did not want to fail his urine test. He would not tell police why his urine needed to be tested or where it was tested, according to a police report.

Bramwell told police he had not consumed alcohol, but he had taken prescription Xanax around noon, and he said his doctor gave him permission to operate a vehicle because he has been taking medication for so many years.

Police said Bramwell’s license was under numerous active suspensions, including a prior suspension for physical control through Vermilion Municipal Court. Bramwell told police that he drives under suspension all the time, because “the state took his license and he does not care,” according to the report.

Bramwell also has prior alcohol and drug suspensions, including possession of heroin and drug abuse instruments, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, deception to obtain dangerous drugs and underage consumption, according to court records.

The vehicle’s owner, Michelle Opaliski, 38, of Amherst, was in the passenger seat of the vehicle during the traffic stop. Opaliski, who told police she was Bramwell’s girlfriend, was charged with wrongful entrustment for allowing Bramwell to drive, according to court records.

Police were also investigating several pills found in Opaliski’s purse that were in an unlabeled prescription pill bottle. Opaliski told police that some of the pills were for diarrhea and some were morphine, for which she has a prescription.

Bramwell was taken to the Oberlin Police Department after failing a field sobriety test, but he refused to take a chemical test, police said. While he was in police custody, Bramwell questioned an officer as to any crystal meth activity in the city, stating that he would provide the officer with information on the manufacturing of crystal meth, as he is “from Las Vegas and it is prevalent in desert towns.”

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller 

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