‘Man I’m drunk’: Man arrested after falling asleep in Troy Taco Bell drive-thru

TROY, Mich. (WWJ) -- A Sterling Heights man has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated after police officers found him asleep at the wheel of his car in a Taco Bell drive-thru.

Troy Police say they were called to the Taco Bell at 41167 Dequindre Road near 18 Mile around 2:30 a.m. for a welfare check of a driver of a black 2019 Dodge Ram, who appeared to have fallen asleep while in the drive-thru lane.

When the responding officer arrived at the scene, they found the truck was running and the driver was sleeping behind the wheel.

The officer knocked on the window several times and yelled loudly until the driver finally woke up.

The officer spoke with the 28-year-old man and noted an odor of alcohol emanating from inside the vehicle. The man first denied consuming any alcohol, but later admitted to drinking at a friend’s house earlier in the night.

Police say the driver performed poorly on field sobriety tests and finally said to the officer, “man, I’m drunk.” He submitted to a breath test and blew a .174%, more than twice the legal limit.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was arrested and transported to the Troy Police Lock-up Facility where he agreed to submit to a Chemical Breath Test with results of .14%.

He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol. Police did not release any details about a court appearance.