Mount Olive NJ police arrested a man after they allegedly found him drunk and passed out behind the wheel of a running car.
The Mount Olive Police Department received a report of a man in some sort of distress on a roadway in Mount Olive, New Jersey. A Mount Olive patrol officer was then dispatched to Continental Drive in order to conduct a welfare check on the man.
When the officer arrived at the scene, he located the vehicle in question. The car was stopped in the middle of the roadway.
The officer approached the vehicle and reportedly saw that the driver was “slouched over” in his seat. The driver appeared to have “vomited on himself inside the vehicle.”
The police officer woke the driver and commanded him to shut off the engine. However, the suspect was “incoherent” and did not turn off the engine.
The officer eventually gained access to the car through the passenger side door and took the keys from the ignition. According to authorities, the interior of the car smelled like alcohol.
The 32-year-old suspect, who lives in Hackettstown NJ, was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital so that he could receive medical treatment.
Depending upon the circumstances, the suspect could be facing significant penalties. DWI violations can result in severe penalties, including loss of driver’s license, heavy fines, and jail time. Even if this was merely a first offense DWI, the potential penalties include a 3-month license suspension, a $250 fine, and up to 30 days in the Morris County Jail.
After being charged and processed, the suspect was released from police custody. He will have to appear in Mount Olive Municipal Court at a later date to answer the charges against him.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Cops: Man Was Covered in Vomit, Passed Out Behind Wheel of Running Car.”