DUI Suspect Passes Out While Driving; He Was Out So Long He Ran Out of Gas


A DUI suspect who passed out in the middle of a Phoenix street while behind the wheel of his SUV was apparently sleeping for so long that he ran out of gas.

Jason Taylor, 22, was found shortly after 5 a.m. by a newspaper deliveryman. Taylor was slumped over the steering wheel of his Jeep Compass on a residential street near 23rd Avenue and Cactus Road, according to court documents obtained by New Times.

The deliveryman tried to check on Taylor, and Taylor slightly cracked open the door -- before leaning back into the seat, and falling asleep again.

Police were called, and a responding officer was able to get Taylor to wake up a little bit.

When asked what happened, Taylor replied, "I got drunk," according to the documents.

Taylor, who reeked of alcohol, had gone almost two months since his last DUI conviction, the documents state. His license had been suspended for that.

Police noted that the key was in the "on" position, and the car was in drive, leading officers to believe that Taylor's car ran out of gas at some point in the night.

Taylor admitted to drinking a six-pack of beer -- before he drank an 18-pack of beer, according to the documents.

Taylor's blood-alcohol level at the time of his arrest, shortly after 5:30 a.m., was .17 -- more than double the legal limit of .08.

He was booked into jail on one count of aggravated DUI.

Jason Edward Taylor

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Guessing he will beat the wrap as his vehicle was incapable of being driven.  Actual physical control does not attach to vehicles which are inoperable.  We'll see.

Dapper Gatsby
Dapper Gatsby

that happens almost monthly on my block as they wait for the hookers to be dropped back off on my corner

Troy Farah Faucet
Troy Farah Faucet

What would I do without Valley Fever? Probably assume that my life was worse than many people. Fun fact: it's not!

valleynative topcommenter

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that this guy doesn't seem to be very responsible.

I doubt that he tops off his tank regularly or even checks the gauge when he starts up.

"so long he ran out of gas" could have been two minutes, for all we know.

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