A Connecticut man found asleep behind the wheel of a running car that appeared to have been in an accident was charged with drunken driving this morning, according to Port Chester police.
Members of the Port Chester highway department reported to police at 6:36 a.m. that a Nissan with front-end damage and a blown front tire was stopped on North Regent Street at Rex Road and was blocking traffic. Police said that when village police officers arrived, they found the car — its engine running — with the driver and a passenger inside, sleeping.
Police awakened the driver and passenger, and noticed the car was still in gear and the key was in the ignition. Police said there was a case of beer in the car with several empties on the floor.
The passenger was released, but police said the driver, Wiliam Orlando Campos-Martinez, 27, of 99 Kimberly Ave., New Haven, CT, was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. Police said they also discovered Campos-Martinez’ driver’s license is suspended in Connecticut and charged him with driving without a license.
The front, left tire of the car was so badly damaged that the vehicle was resting on its rim, police said. Although the Nissan had damage from an accident, police said there was no sign of the car having been in an accident nearby and there were no reports of an accident in the area.