BY ERIKA NORTON

Hours after a 35-year-old Ringwood man was found slumped over in his car by West Milford police, he was involved in heroin-related crash with injuries in Oakland, authorities say.

At about 2:27 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, West Milford Police Officer Thomas Connors observed a vehicle parked at a local business with its headlights on and its engine running. The driver, later identified as Christopher Foxon, was woken up by Connors, who had him get out and perform sobriety tests.

The officer reported seeing signs of recent drug use. After failing the tests, Foxon was arrested, police said.

The officer reported finding an uncapped hypodermic needle along with two other needles. Police said they also found 11 wax folds of suspected heroin on Foxon’s person.

Foxon was processed at police headquarters and charged with driving under the influence, possession of a controlled deadly substance, being under the influence of a controlled deadly substance, possession of a hypodermic needle, possession of a controlled deadly substance in a motor vehicle, reckless driving and failure to change address. He was released with a future court date pending in Superior Court.

Hours later on Skyline Drive in Oakland, Foxon was involved in a car crash with another vehicle, around 7:20 a.m., police said. The other driver, a 55-year-old man from Wanaque, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, according to Oakland police.

Foxon, a former Ridgewood parking enforcement officer, was charged with assault by automobile, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, driving under the influence, plus other motor vehicle summonses.

He was taken to the Bergen County Jail, police said, and then, according to published reports, later released.