Nicholas deSpoelberch, 35, of 44 Philips Lane, Darien, was arrested at 8:53 p.m. July 11 in Wilton on drug charges after a patrol officer noticed an occupied vehicle parked near a commercial business for an extended period of time.

deSpoelberch, the dean of New York City's Regis High School, was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal storage of narcotics.

deSpoelberch was found to be asleep behind the wheel, said Wilton police. He told police that he was not feeling well and produced eight pills of a prescription medication, which were not in their original container as required by law, according to the report.

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Upon checking the interior of the vehicle, the officer discovered three folds of paper, which contained suspected heroin as well as three syringes and two spoons.

Regis High School, which is in its 100th year, is a private all-boys Jesuit school on the Upper East Side.

On Tuesday night, the school issued a statement, which noted that deSpoelberch has been suspended upon further investigation.

"On Tuesday, Regis High School became aware of the July 11th arrest of Nicholas deSpoelberch, who serves as the school's Dean of Students. Regis High School is just now learning about the allegations against Mr. deSpoelberch, and takes those charges very seriously. Regis has zero tolerance for such activities."

deSpoelberch posted $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court July 22.