Sleeping driver charged with DWI

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany Police Department’s Communication Center received a phone call from a vehicle owner on Mara Road who stated his parked vehicle was struck and the driver of the vehicle appeared to be intoxicated at 4:40 a.m. on April 27.

Upon arrival of responding officers, Officer Z. Koch attempted to wake Mr. Colin West, 53, Lake Hiawatha, who was asleep in the driver’s seat of a 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche. It took Officer Koch several attempts to get Mr. West to wake up by knocking on the window.

Once Mr. West rolled down the window, the officer could smell the odor on an alcoholic beverage emanating from him. While speaking to Mr. West, the vehicle began to roll backwards and was quickly stopped by the officers and placed into park.

After a brief investigation, Mr. West was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated and transported to Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Headquarters for processing.

While there, he was charged with Driving While Intoxicated.

He was released on his own recognizance pending his court date.

Editor’s Note: An arrest or the signing of a criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.