‘I couldn’t pass this even if I was sober’: Drunk man who ‘stopped his car in the middle of the street and then fell asleep encouraged police to arrest him’ after failing roadside sobriety test
- Jackine L. Austin, 38, was arrested in Illinois for driving under the influence
- Police said he had stopped his car in the middle of the road and then fell alseep
- The officer said Austin and a passenger appeared to be ‘extremely intoxicated’
- Passenger taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with alcohol overdose
- Austin was asked by the cop to take a roadside sobriety test, which he failed
- He told the cop he couldn’t pass the sobriety test ‘even if he was sober’ and then encouraged the officer to arrest him
- Austin also admitted to drinking before trying to drive back to Chicago
- He was charged with driving under the influence, improper parking on a roadway and possession of open alcohol while driving
An extremely intoxicated Chicago man who had reportedly stopped his car in the middle of the street so he could go to sleep told police that even if he was sober he wouldn’t be able to pass their roadside sobriety test – and then encouraged them to arrest him.
The bizarre incident happened around 2.30am last Sunday when an officer spotted Jackine L. Austin’s 2002 Chevy Tahoe stopped in the street near the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks in Riverside, Illinois.
The officer said when he approached the car he saw a paper cup filled with beer in the center console. The officer said Austin and a passenger both appeared to be asleep in the vehicle, according to Fox 32.
‘I couldn’t pass this even if I was sober’: Jackine L. Austin was arrested last Sunday for driving under the influence
The officer said he tried waking Austin and the other man by shaking and yelling but they wouldn’t budge. The cop said the men appeared to be ‘extremely intoxicated’.
Paramedics were called to the scene and the passenger, a 36-year-old Chicago man, was taken to the hospital for suspected alcohol poisoning. He was diagnosed with an alcohol overdose at MacNeal Hospital.
Austin eventually woke up and was mumbling incoherently, swaying on his feet and had bloodshot eyes. The officer conducted a roadside sobriety test, which Austin failed.
Police said Austin had stopped his car in the middle of the road near the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks (pictured) and fell asleep after a night of drinking
He was arrested for driving under the influence, improper parking on a roadway and possession of open alcohol while driving.
When Austin was being taken into booking, he told the cop: ‘I couldn’t pass these test even if I was sober’. He also encouraged the officer to arrest him, the cop said.
Austin, 38, admitted that he had been out drinking before driving back to Chicago.
Austin, who has 13 prior arrests on charges including battery, assault, drugs, burglary and traffic offenses, is currently out on bond. The passenger was treated at the hospital and picked up by a family member.