Police: Father passed out in car with daughters in back

Richard Amos Shellbe, 36, arrested, children taken into protective custody

Richard Amos Shellbe was found passed out in the front seat of a car with his daughters in the back. (St. Helens Police)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 36-year-old father was arrested on Sunday after St. Helens Police found him passed out in the drivers seat of a car with his daughters asleep in the back.

Officials say they found Richard Amos Shellbe passed out behind the wheel of a running car at the intersection of S. 18th and Church Street around 1:30 a.m. Officers saw his daughters, ages 6 and 9, asleep in the back seat.

A total of3.5 grams of methamphetamine and a pipe were found on Shellbe. Officers found a loaded .40 caliber handgun in the drivers seat, more pipes and other items used to manufacture methamphetamine in the car.

A pipe was handed to the officers by one of Shellbe’s daughters.

Shellbe is charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Reckless Endangering and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.

The girls were placed into the custody of the Department of Human Services.