Mokena police found a 32-year-old New Lenox man passed out at the wheel of his car with the engine running. The car was found at 3:45 a.m. Feb. 8 in the middle of two lanes of traffic on 191st St. at Wolf Road.
According to the report, police said Taiwo Erinle's foot was on the brake, but the car was in the drive position. He was passed out at the wheel with the windows rolled up and rap music blaring.
The officer drove the squad about six inches in front of Erinle's car. He placed a push bar between the two bumpers to prevent Erinle's car from moving into traffic unexpectedly.
Police say it took shining a flashlight into the vehicle, pounding on the window and yelling to stir Erinle from his stupor. When finally he did wake up, the report states that he was dazed and confused. He had trouble shifting the car into park and rolling down the window. The report said he stumbled when he got out of the car. Open liquor was found in the car, as well.
Erinle reportedly told police he'd had one beer.
He was issued five citations for DUI and posted $100 bond. He was released, but the car was towed.
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