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Cops: Driver Slept, Beer in Hand, Gear in Drive

Police found a A 33-year-old man asleep at the wheel, still holding his Corona in one hand, with the car at a stop sign on Old Kings Highway North—while the gear was still in "Drive".

Police say they found a 33-year-old man asleep at the wheel with his car stopped at a stop sign on Old Kings Highway North at 1:20 a.m. Monday.

In his left hand, according to police, was the steering wheel; in his right—a partially filled bottle of Corona (see photographic simulation attached to this article).

Police said the gear was in drive, and the engine was running.

Darien police gave this account of the incident:

An officer on patrol saw a white Ford Explorer stopped at a stop sign on the street and saw the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel. A strong odor of alcohol came from inside the vehicle.

The officer tried to wake the driver, Roberto Zavaleta of Fair Street in Norwalk, and succeeded only after numerous attempts. Then Zavaleta failed field sobriety tests and was arrested.

Police determined not only that Zavaleta did not have a driver's license with him, but that he didn't possess one at all.

Police charged him with driving while under the influence and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

David Gurliacci September 13, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I think I'm just going to keep my hand model's name in witness protection for now, Buck.
David Gurliacci September 13, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Warning: I'm going to be asking the Patch tech people to block the Web address of the person who keeps using sock puppet accounts to attack another Patch user if I see it again, as I saw in a (now deleted) comment in this thread.
Craig Zac September 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM
maybe its the burden of all the $$. it makes them bored. I can help ease that burden though. If you want relief, you can send me some $$$ and I will gladly help to ease your pain. I'm just that good a person that I would do this for complete strangers.
Craig Zac September 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM
No lime slice in it? What the? Sheesh!
Craig Zac September 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Cops are just humans like everyone else.. they have good and bad days. Their are laws to protect us from the police doing us harm or when they are wrong.. But you need to go about it the correct way. Yelling and pitching a fit to the officer isnt the correct way. Acting like an a** is not getting you out of anything. Ever go to a store and the clerk is having a bad day and she / he gives you attitude? Well, it happens. I like the check points personally, its nice to know that the one drunken, stew bum on the road, may be taken off and NOT kill some innocent family or kids! Maybe you all like dead children..I do not.

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