The booze must have crept up on him.
After a night of celebrating, a 25-year-old man driving home suddenly realized that he was too drunk to drive and decided to stop the car and sleep it off — while he was still on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.
Cops said that the bone-headed motorist, identified as Richard Rivera, had reportedly taken his 1994 Honda into the trench by the Congress Street entrance at 4:46 a.m. on February 13 when he decided he shouldn’t be driving.
Rivera asked his pal to take over, but his friend informed said he didn’t have his license — a moot point, since he didn’t have one either — and didn’t know how to drive a stick shift.
Instead of finding the nearest exit, Rivera thought it wiser to just stop the car and sleep it off.
It didn’t take a traffic study expert to figure out what happened next.
A few minutes later, a car came by and slammed into the Honda, leaving Rivera with neck injuries. A passenger in the other car suffered from back and neck injuries as well, cops said.
As he was getting treatment cops charged Rivera with drunk driving and driving without a license. He was also charged with having an outstanding warrant.
More alcoholic arrests
February 8 was a popular day for drunk drivers, with two of them getting arrested on the streets of Carroll Gardens.
Police said that a 29-year-old motorist was pulled off of the Gowanus Expressway near the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel at 7:12 a.m. when his 2003 Mercury Mountaineer was seen in the HOV lane following a city bus in a pursuit that was too close for comfort.
The motorist, identified as Joseph Nickolson, refused to take a Breathalyzer test, but was taken into custody for smelling of alcohol and appearing drunk, police said.
Roughly twelve hours later another motorist was in the 76th Precinct drunk tank. At about 7 p.m. they got a report of a man driving recklessly on Court Street near Degraw Street.
Responding officers searched the area, finding the 2006 Nissan Maxima in question on Butler Street near Court Street. The man behind the wheel, identified as 21-year-old Yusef Althaibani, was given a Breathalyzer test and was arrested when it was determined that his blood alcohol content was .195 — well over the legal limit.
Hospitalized after mugging
A 28-year-old was rushed to Long Island College Hospital after five teenage thugs attacked him on Bond Street.
The victim said that he was nearing Baltic Street at 1:40 p.m. on February 13 when the thieves jumped him. They punched him in the face and ran off with his wallet, but not before kicking the man in the head several times.
Cops were still looking for the muggers as this paper went to press.
Three gun-toting thieves are being sought for showing no love for their fellow man this Valentine’s Day.
Police said that a 56-year-old man was walking along Dikeman Street between Richards and Van Brunt streets at 9:30 p.m. on February 14 when the three thieves approached. One of the men had a gun in his hand.
“Throw all of your sh-t on the ground,” one of the thieves demanded.
The victim did as he was told. The thieves ran off with $120, some credit cards and the vicitm’s drivers license, officials said.
The next time you go to get a hot dog from a street vendor, you might be served from stolen property.
Officials said that three food carts, the cheapest being $35,000 and the most expensive being $40,000 were removed from a storage facility on Bond Street near President Street.
The victim said that someone removed the locks to the storage shed where the carts were kept sometime between 8:30 p.m. on February 9 and 7:35 a.m. on February 11 — right at the height of last week’s storm.
So if you saw a guy with three hot dog carts as the snow fell, he wasn’t an ambitious businessman — he was a thief!
A Henry Street woman was bilked of $1700 when a charlatan preyed on her love for her grandson.
The woman told police that she received a call at her home near Summit Street at 10 a.m. on February 5, by a man claiming to be — of all things — a Canadian constable.
The man said that her grandson got into a spot of trouble with the law during his visit up north and accrued over $1700 in fines.
The woman was told that her grandson couldn’t pay the fines on his own and would probably end up in jail if the funds weren’t wired over.
Police said that the woman raced to her grandson’s defense, pulled the cash and had it sent to the account the constable gave to her.
But, when she didn’t get a return call, she contacted her daughter, asking if she had heard anything from her grandson or the Canadian police department.
That’s when she learned that her grandson wasn’t in Canada, but safe at school.
Cops were trying to find the crooked Canuk — if he indeed was one.
Seven minute steal
A woman lost her handbag after she left it alone for seven minutes in a very public place — the Red Hook Ikea.
The 36 woman said she was shopping inside the Beard Street furniture Mecca at 2:30 p.m. on February 7 when she left her bag on a table.
She claimed that returned to the table within seven minutes, but the bag, and the cards inside, weremissing.
It was someone else’s birthday, but a thief loitering around Angry Wades managed to get a gift: a customer’s Prada purse.
A 28-year-old woman told police that she was attending a birthday party at the Smith Street watering hole near Butler Street on February 5 when someone plucked her bag from a hook near the front doors.
Some credit cards, a cell phone and a Virginia driver’s license were inside the handbag when it was taken.