SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 13, 2013

Police: Officer struggles to wake driver

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — Police say a man was arrested on a drunken driving charge Wednesday night after officers found him asleep at the wheel of a running vehicle on his home street.

Jacob S. Lee, 38, of 17 Phelps St., Salem, was arrested on charges of drunken driving, second offense, and operating an unregistered vehicle.

A 9:38 p.m. report that a man was asleep in a vehicle brought officers Tracy O’Leary and Brian Benson to Phelps Street, where they discovered a red SUV “parked crooked with its right tire on the sidewalk and its rear end sticking out into the street,” O’Leary wrote in the incident log.

“The engine was running and the lights were on,” O’Leary wrote.

O’Leary approached the driver’s side, saw Lee asleep inside, then knocked on the window several times to no avail, she wrote. She then opened the door, shook the driver and said, “Wake up.”

“After several attempts, the driver, later identified as Jacob Lee, opened his eyes,” O’Leary wrote.

Lee failed three field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest, according to the log.