Tempe Police: Chandler man hits curbs, cars, trees, lawn with car

Tempe Police reported the following incident Thursday:

A Chandler man was arrested Sept. 25 at the intersection of South 48th Street and West Baseline Road on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a police report.

Officers first arrived on the scene after a witness reported a driver who appeared to be intoxicated, police reported. The witness said the driver hit the curb multiple times and was possibly involved in two Phoenix collisions, according to the report.

The driver was asleep at the wheel with the car still in drive when officers approached him, according to the report. 

One officer had to physically shake the man to wake him, police said.

The witness said they had followed the man since 35th Avenue and Baseline Road in Phoenix, according to the report. They said they witnessed the driver weave in and out of traffic, hit multiple curbs, collide with a tree, collide with two vehicles at separate locations and drive onto a lawn, according to the report.

Officers said the man had thick, slurred speech and had trouble staying awake during questioning. His eyes appeared red and his pupils were restricted, according to the report.

The driver began listing medications which he was currently taking and said they could be affecting him since he was taking them irregularly, according to the report.

The Guadalupe Fire Department treated the man on scene before dispatching him to Tempe St. Luke's Hospital, police reported. The man was later dispatched from the hospital and arrested for two counts of DUI, according to the report.

The man was transported and booked into Tempe City Jail, according to the report.

Report compiled by Jessica Suerth.

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