Man gets lucky brake when passed out behind wheel

A Los Angeles resident got a lucky “brake” on Saturday, May 10 when he was arrested for driving under the influence after passing out behind the wheel of his vehicle. Officers were called to Base Line Road and Mountain Avenue for a welfare check around 10:30 p.m. where they encountered Erick Rosales slumped over the steering wheel of his car. Officers tapped on the driver’s window, however, Mr. Rosales was unresponsive. Upon further inspection, officers could see that the car’s gearshift was in the drive position and the driver had his foot pressed on the brake.

Responding officers positioned their vehicle in front of the suspect’s car to prevent it from moving forward. Thinking that perhaps Mr. Rosales suffered a medical condition, officers broke the side window, put the car in park and attempted to shake the 31-year-old man awake, but he remained unresponsive. When officers confirmed the suspect was intoxicated, Mr. Rosales was arrested and booked with driving on a suspended license and driving under the influence.  Preliminary results indicate his blood alcohol level was three times over the legal limit.

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