Asleep in the street
May 23, 2019 at 9:57 a.m.
After a man allegedly fell asleep while driving on Saturday, May 18, a concerned passerby called Port Chester police at 5:08 a.m.
When police arrived at the Grace Church and Sands streets intersection, they allegedly saw a black Honda Civic parked in the middle of the road. The driver, of 535 Irving Ave., was breathing but allegedly unresponsive as he sat with his foot on the brake of the locked and running vehicle. The cops positioned a patrol vehicle in front of his car before banging on the window with a baton to try and wake him up. However, after roughly two minutes, he allegedly remained asleep.
According to the police report, the officers noticed the sunroof was cracked open, so they poured water onto him through the window which ultimately woke him up. At that point, Edison Morocho allegedly tried to drive away but crashed into the police car in front of him. He then rolled down the window, but allegedly refused to get out of the car, so an officer allegedly opened the door himself and pulled him out. Soon after, cops allegedly discovered a cold, nearly empty bottle of beer in the car.
Morocho allegedly had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and could not stand steadily without support. When the officers tried to perform onsite sobriety tests, he allegedly refused to participate or take a breathalyzer test. After he was detained, a chemical test revealed his blood alcohol content to be .25 percent, more than three times the legal limit of .08.
The 21-year-old was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. He was also charged with violations for refusing to take a breathalyzer, stopping in the street, failing to comply with a lawful order and driving with an open container of alcohol.