MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A Connecticut man is facing several charges including driving while intoxicated after he was allegedly found slumped in the seat and sleeping while the car engine ran in a tavern parking lot in Mount Olive Township.
Omar Lopez-Lopez, 41, of Stamford was charged with DWI, reckless driving, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
On Nov. 16, at 2:40 a.m., a township observed a 2004 Ford parked and running near the exit of the Lakeside Tavern parking lot, located at 331 Route 46, police said.
The officer approached the vehicle and observed the driver, who was later identified as Lopez-Lopez, to be slumped in the seat, and sleeping. The officer also observed an empty beer can on the floor of the vehicle, police said.
The officer knocked loudly on the window of the vehicle and was able to wake Lopez-Lopez, who opened the door of the vehicle to speak with the officer, police said.
As the officer spoke with Lopez-Lopez, the officer allegedly detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage and he allegedly appeared to be impaired, police said.
Lopez-Lopez was subsequently arrested and transported to police headquarters, where he submitted to chemical breath testing. He was charged and released to a sober driver pending a court hearing, police said.