Twice in 12 days Niagara Falls police found drivers passed out behind the wheel in the drive-thru lanes of fast-food restaurants. Both were charged with driving while intoxicated.
At about 1:20 a.m. Monday, police were called because a man was slumped over the wheel while waiting at the drive-thru window of McDonald's at the corner of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Military Road, according to a city police report.
The man was breathing and had a pulse, and a police officer was able to briefly wake him up by performing a sternum rub. Firefighters arrived to provide medical aid and the man, identified as Nicholas J. Kotovich, 31, regained full consciousness with a continued sternum rub, according to the report.
Police found an open, half-full can of Labatt Blue beer in Kotovich's truck, a 12-pack container on the passenger seat and three empty beer cans on the floor. Kotovich told police he had been drinking at his brother's house and stopped to get some food for his children on his way home, according to the report.
Kotovich, of Laughlin Drive, Niagara Falls, started but refused to finish a field sobriety test. He also refused to submit to a breath test. He was charged with DWI, refusal to take a breath test, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle and driving in violation of a conditional driver's license, the report said.
At about 10:30 p.m. March 23, police found a man sleeping behind the wheel in the drive-thru lane of a Wendy's about a half-mile away on Niagara Falls Boulevard, according to another police report.
Christopher J. Scrivano's truck was in park and an officer knocked on the window to wake him up, according to the report. Scrivano, 53, almost fell out of the vehicle when the officer opened the door. He was unable to stand without the officer's help, the report said.
Scrivano, of Mason Drive, Niagara Falls, told police he was having a medical problem, but emergency crews found his vitals to be normal. Scrivano failed to complete field sobriety tests at the scene. He registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.13 percent and was taken into custody and charged with DWI, according to the report.
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