Suspected drink-driver asleep at wheel
A suspected drink-driver who decided to take a nap in his truck drew unwanted attention - by forgetting to park it first.
When police were called to investigate why a furniture delivery truck was sitting in the middle of a Canterbury road with its lights on but no sign of life, they found the driver slumped unconscious over the steering wheel.
The 54-year-old Christchurch man was in such a deep sleep that knocking on the truck window failed to wake him. When the attending officer opened the door, the man fell into his arms.
Constable Tom Savage said police were called to Kidman St, Rolleston about 10pm on Friday after another motorist came up behind the truck, put their hazard lights on and phoned police.
"When [we] arrived I couldn't rouse him by knocking on the window, so when I opened the door he fell out. It was right in the middle of the lane, almost in the middle of the [nearby] intersection. The keys were still in the ignition and his lights were on," he said.
"He probably thought he had pulled over."
The man could not tell police if he had been drinking nor where he was headed. Police suspected he was over the drink-driving limit, but the man was unable to perform an evidential breath test.
He underwent an evidential blood test instead and police were awaiting the results. "It was one of the more random [call-outs] I've had in my career," Savage said.
Depending on the blood test results, it was possible the man could be issued an inconsiderate parking notice.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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