Westmoreland man found passed out behind wheel, charged with felony DWI

23-year-old Ryan Bowers of Westmoreland (Photo provided by New York State Police Troop D)

A Westmoreland man is facing a felony DWI charge after he was found passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle, and then crashed his vehicle when he awoke and tried to flee the scene.

Posted: Mar. 9, 2018 12:58 PM
Updated: Mar. 9, 2018 1:06 PM

WESTMORELAND – A Westmoreland man is facing a felony DWI charge after he was found passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle, and then crashed his vehicle when he awoke and tried to flee the scene, according to New York State Police.

Around 5:10 a.m. Friday, police responded to a report of a driver slumped over the wheel of a vehicle at the intersection of Dix Road and Lawrence Street in the town of Westmoreland.

Police say a town of Westmoreland DPW truck driver came upon the vehicle blocking the road, and they tried to wake the driver, later identified as 23-year-old Ryan Bowers. The DPW worker was unable to wake Bowers and called 911.

Police say Bowers eventually woke up and attempted to drive away from the scene, then drove into a snowbank in front of 6326 Lower Lawrence Street, causing the vehicle to become disabled.

Bowers is charged with felony DWI and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Westmoreland Court at 3 p.m. March 21.

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