Cops: Lansdale driver, awakened at wheel, rams patrol car

Posted: January 04, 2012

A 66-year-old Lansdale man was about two blocks from home when he fell asleep at a traffic light in a drunken stupor, then accidentally rammed the back of a police car when cops woke him up Monday afternoon, police said.

Lansdale Police found Roy Adams asleep in his Ford Taurus at a traffic light on West Main Street at Valley Forge Road around 3:40 p.m.

"As a precaution, police parked a patrol car in front of the Taurus," said Sgt. Alex Kromdyk, a police spokesman.

As police approached the idling Taurus, they noticed that its doors were locked, the car was in drive and Adams was asleep with his foot resting on the brake.

Cops tried rousing Adams, and when he finally awoke, police said, he lifted his foot from the brake, sending the car crashing into the back of the police cruiser.

Adams seemed confused and disoriented to police, who pulled him from the car after he opened one of the windows.

Cops then got a whiff of whatever he was drinking before he had fallen asleep at the light, Kromdyk said.

Witnesses told police they saw Adams driving erratically and veering into oncoming traffic along Valley Forge Road from Sumneytown Pike - more than a mile and a half from where he apparently had fallen asleep.

Adams, who lives on Derstine Avenue near Salford, blew a .28 on a portable breathalyzer, police said. He was charged with DUI, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and general impairment.

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