With a can of Four Loko alcoholic drink still cold to the touch in his truck and a crack cocaine pipe in his pocket, a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue firefighter allegedly waved down a police officer for help in reporting a robbery. Now Mark Freseman, 45, of North Palm Beach faces criminal charges including possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of medication without a prescription.
He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail Tuesday and was released on his own recognizance the same day.
Fire rescue spokesman Capt. Albert Borroto confirmed that Freseman is employed at fire rescue. Borroto said the agency is gathering all details concerning Freseman's case and then will make a decision as to his employment.
Freseman waved down a Riviera Beach Police officer on patrol Tuesday around 1:50 a.m. on East 27th Street near Broadway. While in his gold GMC Envoy with the red Four Loko can in his center console, the firefighter told police that a woman he was going to hang out with stole his laptop case while had a charger in it, according to a Riviera Beach Police probable cause affidavit.
He said he had just withdrawn some money from the ATM machine at BB&T; bank located at 2600 Broadway.
The officer asked Freseman to get out of the vehicle and patted him down for safety.
A crack pipe was found in Freseman's front pocket, according to the affidavit.
In the eyeglass holder of the truck was an orange prescription bottle containing "a white, caulky" substance that tested positive as cocaine.
Another prescription bottle was found containing "several prescription pills," the affidavit says.
Freseman said he has prescriptions for the pills but left the bottle at home.
In the bottle were 17 hydrocodone pills and two carisoprodol pills, the affidavit says.
Freseman was previously employed at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. He resigned while he was under investigation.
Written by The Palm Beach Post
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