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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Bradenton man found unconscious at Kingfish Boat Ramp

Scott Pugh, 25, of Bradenton, was transported to Blake Medical Center Sunday after two of his friends reported finding him passed out next to his car, which was parked at Kingfish Boat Ramp on Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach.

Friends told Holmes Beach Police Officer Michael Pilato that they were driving north when they observed Pugh's vehicle and pulled over to greet him - and realized he had vomited and passed out next to his truck.

Emergency Medical Services and West Manatee Fire & Rescue arrived at the scene to attend to Pugh.

According to the report, a firefighter found a sandwich bag containing marijuana, a pipe, lighter and large pill later identified as methadone in Pugh's pocket.

While securing Pugh's vehicle, Pilato heard a cell phone ringing and answered it. According to the report, a man identifying himself as another friend of Pugh's told the officer he was at Blake Medical Center.

The friend told Pilato that he and Pugh had been boating with another man and went to Beer Can Island. He indicated that the men had been drinking and ingested methadone. The friend told Pilato the last thing he remembered was passing out on the boat, then waking up in an ambulance. He was reportedly picked up by EMS at the South Coquina Boat Ramp and transported to the hospital.

Pilato later spoke to Pugh at the hospital and received similar information regarding the day's events. Pugh told Pilato he had gone out with friends and could not remember what happened after that.

Pugh told the officer he did not recall driving his vehicle to Kingfish and that he had originally parked his vehicle at the 59th Street Boat Ramp in Bradenton for the boat excursion.

A capias request against Pugh was filed for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.