LIVONIA — A Livonia man is facing serious charges after being found intoxicated at the scene of the crime.


Jason Klinkbeil, 27, was found passed out at a 7/11 Gas Station on Big Tree Street in Livonia after allegedly stealing items.   


On May 24 at about 5:18 p.m. a call was made regarding a male that just stole items from the gas station, and the clerk said he appeared to be impaired. 

Deputy Brandan Flickner and Deputy Connor Sanford of the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit were dispatched to the scene.


"Upon arrival at the 7/11 Gas Station the suspect was found passed out in the driver seat of his vehicle at one of the gas pumps.  Klinkbeil was awoken by Deputies attempting to gain answers about the possible larceny of items stolen from the store. Klinkbeil then attempted to hide a hypodermic needle down the front of his pants, " Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty said. "Klinkbeil was placed under arrest and a quantity of heroin was located on Klinkbeil along with an additional hypodermic needle.  Additionally, Klinkbeil was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance in pill form (acetaminophen propoxyphene 650mg)." 


Deputy Sanford did have Klinkbeil perform standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the field sobriety tests, Deputy Sanford did also charge Klinkbeil with driving while ability impaired by drug(s).

Deputy Flickner, who is a Drug Recognition Expert, did then perform a drug evaluation.  At the conclusion of the drug evaluation, it was Deputy Flickner’s expert opinion that Klinkbeil was under the influence of a Narcotic Analgesic and Cannabis and was unable to operate a vehicle safely.


A review of Klinkbeil’s driving record revealed that Klinkbeil was currently suspended for driving while ability impaired by alcohol and therefore this arrest would be a Felony.


Klinkbeil was ultimately charged with aggravated first-degree unlicensed operator, driving while ability impaired by drug(s), two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and petit larceny.


Klinkbeil was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and a later arraignment.  First Assistant District Attorney Victor Rowcliffe gave a bail recommendation of $5,000 cash or $10,000 secured bond. Klinkbeil will be arraigned at a later date.


Assisting Deputy Sanford and Deputy Flickner was Investigator Jeffrey Wiedrick of the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID), Deputy Matthew Moran of the Sheriff’s Forensic Identification Unit (FIU) and Deputy Shawn Whitford.