Intoxicated taxi driving
February 14, 2019 at 7:52 a.m.
Port Chester police allegedly found a taxi driver intoxicated and asleep at the wheel while on the clock on Friday, Feb. 8.
A patrolling officer became suspicious when he allegedly saw a taxi without headlights stopped at a green light in the center lane at the South Main Street and Westchester Avenue intersection at 12:18 a.m. After banging on the window several times, the 54-year-old allegedly woke up but had difficulty finding the door handle to open the car. The officer instructed him to roll down the window, which he allegedly did slowly, so the cop could ultimately reach inside to turn off the car, unlock the door and open it.
According to the police report, the man had slurred speech, smelled like alcohol and had trouble stabilizing himself to exit the vehicle. When interrogated by the police, the 139 Washington St. resident allegedly admitted to drinking tequila shots that night and said he was working until 5 a.m.
Due to his alleged inability to balance, no onsite sobriety tests were performed. According to the police report, later at the police station his blood alcohol percentage was revealed at .20 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .08.
Hugo Zhagui was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. He was also issued tickets for driving with no headlights and being stopped in the middle of the road.