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Man Charged With DUI After Falling Asleep at Evansville Intersection: Police

An Evansville man was arrested and charged with DUI after falling asleep behind the wheel at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Highway 41 on Thursday, according to police.

Posted: Dec 2, 2021 1:49 PM
Updated: Dec 2, 2021 2:39 PM

An overnight incident at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Highway 41 in Evansville ended with the arrest of one man, according to the Evansville Police Department.

EPD says officers were sent to the intersection just after midnight on Thursday. When they got there, they say they saw a car that had been sitting in the same spot for at least two light cycles.

Police say that 44-year-old Theodore Ziemer was asleep behind the wheel of the car and that officers had to knock repeatedly on the window to get him to respond.

Officers said that when Ziemer woke up, he looked at the officers. They say that when they told him to put the car in park, he let off the brake and began rolling into the intersection during a red light.

Police say that after Ziemer eventually stopped the car and put it in park, he stumbled out and said "I shouldn't be driving."

According to police, Ziemer smelled of alcohol and admitted to drinking. They say he failed several field sobriety tests and refused to take a chemical test.

Ziemer was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated.

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