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Drunk man falls asleep behind wheel of car while holding bottle of wine inside Holland Tunnel in Manhattan

By Mason White 1:54 PM January 17, 2018
Robert Tume-Ponce

Drivers were shocked to see a man sleeping behind the wheel of his car while holding a bottle of wine, according to police in New York.

The Port Authority Police of New York and New Jersey said that they have arrested 48-year-old Robert D. Tume-Ponce after endangering his life and the lives of many people in the Holland Tunnel, which connects Manhattan with New Jersey.

Tume-Ponce has been charged with driving while intoxicated, delaying traffic, creating the risk of an accident, and having an open alcohol container in a vehicle.

He was released without bail to a family member.

According to the criminal complaint, Port Authority Police Officer Christopher Hooper was driving his police car from Manhattan to New Jersey when he got caught up in a traffic jam at around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Many drivers slowed down to look into a 2003 Ford Explorer that as stopped in the middle of the road.

When Hooper approached the vehicle, he was shocked to see Tume-Ponce asleep behind the wheel.

The driver was holding an open bottle of wine in his hand.

Tume-Ponce smelled of alcohol and was unresponsive.

Hooper performed a field sobriety test, which Tume-Ponce failed.

Tume-Ponce was taken into custody and the vehicle was impounded.

A blood test showed that Tume-Ponce’s blood alcohol content level was twice the legal limit.