DENVILLE, NJ - First spotted while asleep at the wheel, a drunken Morris Plains man awoke and drove on the wrong side of the road Sunday, nearly smashing head-on into a police car, said police.
The man, Kevin Deegan, 39, faces a slew of charges including driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, failure to keep right, failure to maintain lane and having an open bottle of alcohol in a vehicle, according to Denville police.
They said they were first alerted by a "concerned ambulance driver" who encountered a man asleep at the wheel on Franklin Road. "The ambulance driver advised that after finding the subject asleep in the middle of the roadway, the vehicle then accelerated away from the scene," police said.
The said the driver, later identified as Deegan, left the scene and "began traveling all over the roadway into oncoming traffic, nearly striking other vehicles and a mailbox." They said he also nearly crashed head-on into a Denville patrol car when it arrived at the scene, but police were able to stop him and determine that Deegan was drunk.
"Deegan was also found to have on fully consumed bottle of vodka and one partially consumed bottle of vodka on the passenger side seat area which he admitted to drinking while he was driving," police said. They said Deegan could not perform field sobriety tests and was arrested.
After being processed, Deegan was given a court date and released to the custody of a sober adult, police said.