SPARTA, NJ- A man was found asleep behind the wheel by police, after reports that he was driving erratically on Route 94. On December 14 around 1 a.m. Officer Phil Longo found Pedro Castillo-Delacruz, 36 asleep in a white minivan in the parking lot of the Homestead restaurant, police said.
The Hamburg resident told Longo he was just tired when Longo woke him up. Longo smelled alcohol in the car and saw an open beer on the floor, police said.
Longo had Castillo-Delacruz perform field sobriety tests and then took the driver into custody. Castillo-Delacruz was taken to Sparta Police Department Headquarters for processing, police said.
After breath testing, Castillo-Delacruz was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to notify address change, unlicensed driver, suspended driver, consumption in a motor vehicle, open container in a motor vehicle, careless driving and failure to wear a seatbelt, police said.
Because of his level of intoxication, Castillo-Delacruz was taken to Newton Medical Center. Police said he was given a court date and turned over to medical personnel without incident.