Asleep at the Wheel may be an award winning country music group known for such hits as “Cotton-eyed Joe” and “The letter that Jonny Walker read.” But the reality of being asleep at the wheel is very different, and usually far less celebrated. A fact which a certain 37-year-old Detroit man discovered recently while sleeping in traffic on 8 Mile Road.
According to police records, at 1:15 am a concerned motorist called 911 to report a man sleeping behind the wheel in traffic. Farmington Hills Police arrived on the scene and discovered the man’s car idling in the westbound lane of 8 Mile. They pounded on his window to wake him up, and when he finally came round, the man allegedly attempted to put the vehicle in gear and drive away.
But the officer urged him to stop and get out. When he did so, the officer noted that the man smelled strongly of alcohol, was slurring his words, and had bloodshot eyes. He apparently mumbled something, and after questioning, officers realized that the man was very confused about what day and time it was.
Farmington Hills Officers administered a field sobriety test, which the man is said to have struggled with before he finally gave up and refused to participate. His BAC, once officers finally got a reading, was .148, which is quite a bit higher than Michigan’s legal limit of 0.08, but not above the “super drunk” limit of 0.17.
The man was arrested and taken to jail, where police said he fell asleep again during the fingerprinting process. The man has been arrested for drunk driving, but has not yet been arraigned. As a result, no identifying information has yet been released, and neither has any information regarding his next court hearing.