Police: Drunken couple passed out on road 'just because'
A Newberry Township couple lay down in the middle of a road and took a nap Tuesday night, apparently too snockered to walk the remaining few blocks to their home, police said.
Even the arrival of police officers didn't seem to faze them.
"They were coming back from a bar, trying to get home, but Uber dropped them off at the wrong address, and they decided to go to sleep," Newberry Township Police Chief John Snyder said. "I guess they just laid down and passed out."
An Uber driver dropped them off at the intersection of Woodland and Highland avenues, behind the J&A Shoppette off York Haven Road, about 8:15 p.m., police said.
Neighbors called for police, and responding officers found the couple — a 33-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman — passed out in the road, Snyder said.
When officers asked if they'd been drinking, the man replied, "Yeah, we're pretty (messed) up," according to the chief.
Had trouble standing: Officers immediately moved the couple off the road and onto a grassy area.
"But the officers made them stay down (on the ground) because they could hardly stand up," Snyder said. "The guy couldn't even function to get his license out of his wallet."
A cruiser dashboard camera recorded footage of the couple as officers arrived, and the chief provided The York Dispatch with an image from the footage.
"It speaks for itself," he said.
Although they live just a few blocks away, "they had somebody come pick them up," the chief said.
Snyder said the couple mentioned nothing about their overindulging being part of a celebration or special event.
"I think it was 'just because,'" he noted.
Couple cited: Police cited the man and woman with public drunkenness, noting in the summary citations that they were "lying in the middle of the road visibly intoxicated and unable to understand officers."
"That's creating a hazardous condition," Snyder said, both to themselves and to others.
Summary citations are akin in seriousness to traffic tickets and aren't considered criminal charges.
In this case, the man and woman are each facing fines of $35.50, plus associated court costs and fees, according to the citations.
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