A Deltona, Florida man, 36-year-old Daniel Hernandez, was arrested on misdemeanor DUI charges after he was found passed out behind the wheel at a traffic light late Sunday night holding a half-eaten Taco Bell burrito. OK now driving drunk is bad and falling asleep behind the wheel is even worse but he couldn’t even finish his burrito? Dude.
The witness started following Hernandez’s blue 2002 Acura when he noticed Hernandez drifting in and out of a traffic lane then briefly drive up onto a curb. The witness called deputies about 12:30 a.m. Monday after watching Hernandez, who deputies say fell asleep at the wheel, sit through several light changes without moving.
When deputies and paramedics arrived, they found Hernandez asleep with his car running and his foot still on the brake, keeping the Acura from rolling into the intersection.
“Fearing Hernandez would take his foot off the brake and potentially cause an accident at the intersection,” rescuers beat on the windows and doors of the car for about 10 minutes before they decided to break a window to get to Hernandez, deputies wrote in an arrest report.
Being the innovative fast food company they are, between Fourth Meal and the new breakfast menu and whatever abominations they make out of Doritos, you’d think Taco Bell would have figured out a way of infusing their food with Red Bull or some other form of highly concentrated caffeine to prevent near-tragedies like this. What the hell am I saying — I bet their marketing department is working on it as we speak.
Audio of the sleeping burrito man 911 call on the next page: