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    Man faces DUI charge after parking on neighbor’s garden wall


     Police didn’t have to look far early Sunday to track down a driver who abandoned his car after marooning it on top of the landscaping block wall in his neighbor’s yard: the man was allegedly found passed out in his own home.

    Sworn police reports allege the 29-year-old driver was so drunk he repeatedly fell over as officers tried to question him. He claimed to have downed two beers but a later breath test suggested he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.230 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

    In his statement, officer Eric Matthews said police had been called to the 3700 block of East William Street at 2:32 a.m. where they discovered a woman staring at her car which was jammed on top of the neighbor’s short garden wall. She told police her boyfriend had walked in a little earlier and said “”he had got her vehicle stuck and needed her to help him get it unstuck,”” according to Matthews.

    Officers followed the woman inside her home where they allegedly found the unconscious suspect. “”Officers observed him passed out on the floor in the hallway leading from the living room to the back bedroom,”” Matthews wrote.

    Police woke him up and struggled to keep him upright as the suspect repeatedly sank back down toward the carpet. Matthews wrote: “”He had to be held up numerous times to keep him from falling over… and actually fell to (the) ground several times when officers were unable to keep him in the standing position.””

    The suspect, who had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, underwent repeated mood changes, according to police, alternating between being cooperative and combative. After failing various field sobriety tests he was arrested and booked into the Macon County Jail.

    While at the jail, the police reports say the suspect only stopped being belligerent long enough to be sick. “”After he completed vomiting, he became more belligerent and started to pound his fist into his hand and yell and swear at officers,”” Matthews said.

    The suspect was charged with aggravated DUI and police say his license was already suspended for previous traffic offenses. He is being held in the Macon County Jail and is due in court April 21.

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