Let's face it; living in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is a little different than living in Chicago or New York. Some people in those cities don't even own a car or have to worry about drunk driving arrests with the mass transit systems that they have in place. In Wisconsin, many establishments are miles away from home and jumping on the subway is certainly not an option when your blood alcohol level is above the legal limit for driving.
Many people want to be responsible and try to avoid drunk driving at all costs. They don't want to risk an accident or arrest but they also don't want to leave their vehicle at the bar, so what do they do? Some people decided to "sleep it off" in their vehicle, knowing that in the morning their BAC will have dropped to a level safe for driving. What many people don't realize is that a car does not have to be moving or even turned on for officers to charge someone with a drunk driving offense.
A 19-year-old man was arrested this past week when an officer found him sleeping in a parked car. The man was in the front seat, with his arms across the vehicle's steering wheel. According to the officer, he cited a concern over a possible medical emergency as the reason for breaking the passenger window. Once the officer did this, he noticed an odor of alcohol coming from the man.
The officer transported the man to the hospital. The man was released shortly after and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, OVI refusal, impeding traffic and underage consumption.
Source: Cleveland.com, "Man sleeping in parked car arrested for drunken driving: Olmsted Township Police Blotter," Aug. 28, 2012
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