A Texas man stopped by police in Simpson County is accused of stealing a car in which a 14-year-old boy was sleeping.

The Franklin Police Department said an officer spotted a 2017 Nissan Sentra traveling 60 mph in a 45 mph zone Tuesday on Nashville Road and stopped it at Key Stop on South Main Street.

The driver, David A. Davis, 33, appeared to be intoxicated, police said.

After receiving consent to search the vehicle, police said they found suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia and an open alcoholic beverage container.

A 14-year-old boy found asleep in the vehicle had to be awakened by officers, and he told police the last thing he remembered was being asleep in the Walmart parking lot in Franklin while his parents were inside shopping.

The teen said he had been sleeping in the car with the motor running at Walmart to keep warm and had no knowledge of leaving Walmart or who Davis was, according to an arrest citation.

Officers confirmed the vehicle had been stolen and Davis had been recently released from a Texas prison, according to FPD.

During an interview, Davis told police he had been living on the streets, was cold and hungry and had drank at least a pint of vodka and a couple other drinks, according to an arrest citation.

“(Davis) stated that he saw the vehicle in the parking lot running and saw it as an opportunity,” Davis’ arrest citation said. “He stated that he got into the car and was going to try and make it to Texas where he is from. (Davis) stated that he had no knowledge of there being any other person in the vehicle at the time.”

Davis was arrested on charges of kidnapping (minor), theft by unlawful taking (auto, $10,000 or more), operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, speeding, license to be in possession, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle.

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