Man, drunk, falls asleep in car in middle of road

Norman Miller

A Framingham man pulled his car over yesterday and went to sleep because he had to much to drink, police said.

The problem was, Matthew X. Cutler, 34, parked his car in the middle of Middlesex Avenue, police spokesman Lt. Paul Shastany said.

Officer Marty Keith was on patrol when he saw a vehicle stopped in the Middlesex Avenue. He watched it for a minute and it did not move, although it was obviously running.

``He walked up to the car and the occupant was slumped forward in his seat,'' said Shastany. ``The window was open and the smell of liquor was coming out of it. Cutler was snoring as he slept behind the wheel.''

Keith repeatedly tried to wake up the sleeping Cutler, until he finally woke up after a few minutes of verbal and physical prodding.

``He looked at the officer and he made some incoherent sounds,'' said Shastany. ``He was questioned about what he was doing there and he made more incoherent sounds.''

Keith asked Cutler how much he had to drink, and he said, ``way too much,'' the lieutenant said.

After he failed several field sobriety tests, Cutler, of 10 Francine Road, was arrested.

He was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor.

Cutler pleaded not guilty at his Framingham District Court arraignment yesterday and was released without bail. He is due back in court on Feb. 25 for a pretrial conference.

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