Police: Man charged with DUI found sleeping at stop sign

  • Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:12 a.m.

A 21-year-old Aiken man was detained for driving under the influence on Tuesday after he was found sleeping in his vehicle at a stop sign, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Dillon Patrick Dennis, of Banks Mill Road, was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Tuesday afternoon.

Officers were called to the Walmart parking lot on Whiskey Road about 2:40 a.m. on Tuesday, according to a report. There, they found a black Lexus with the headlights on and the engine running. The vehicle was sitting at a stop sign on the far end of the parking lot.

Dennis was asleep in the driver’s seat, and officers had to make several attempts to wake him up, according to the report.

Dennis “appeared dazed” and had drool coming from the corner of his mouth, according to the report. He was unable to comprehend officers’ questions and had difficulty completing divided tasks such as answering a question and looking for his paperwork, police said.

Dennis failed multiple field sobriety tests and was arrested. At Aiken Public Safety headquarters, he was given a Breathalyzer, which returned a reading of 0.0, according to the report. Dennis was then taken to a hospital for a urine sample but he refused.

On the way to the detention center, Dennis told offers he “had an addiction with benzos, and that he had taken around 12 or 13 pills” just minutes before his interaction with officers, according to the report.

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