Wiedrick called his colleagues, who came with sirens blaring. Good thing, too, as the sirens woke up the driver, who had dozed off after having drunk enough to raise his blood alcohol concentration to twice the legal limit. Unfortunately, he had fallen asleep at the wheel with the car in “Drive.” Judging by his brake lights, which were on, he had stopped at a light and gone to sleep. As he began his drunken snooze, his leg let up on the pedal enough to allow the car to move on its own.
Think of how it could have ended. A pedestrian would be unlikely on the parkway at 3 a.m., but a car could have come along and been endangered by the sleeping man’s out-of-control car. The drunken sleeper could have awakened, panicked, and stepped on the accelerator by mistake. Or he could have revived, exited the parkway, and fallen asleep somewhere else closer to people and homes.
Just a reminder that cars are dangerous when uncontrolled. And one of the fastest ways to let them get out of control is to drink and drive. This driver’s vehicle was seized and his license suspended. Ontario also has an ignition interlock requirement, so even if he avoids jail, he won’t have a chance to sleep at the wheel in the near future.