It’s not unusual to be asleep at 4 a.m. in Omaha. Just not while you’re behind the wheel of a car stopped along Interstate 80.

Omaha police officers tried and failed to wake the driver of a 2015 Hyundai Sonata early Sunday by rocking the car and banging on the windows. The driver had stopped on the 42nd Street westbound off-ramp.

When the sleeping 21-year-old Omaha man shifted positions and took his foot off the brake, the car began to roll. That’s when one of the officers used a baton to break the driver’s-side window to gain control of the steering wheel, police said.

The officer was able to steer the car up against a street sign to keep it from crossing 42nd Street and possibly being struck by oncoming traffic. The Sonata stopped and the driver woke up.

The man was booked into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, colliding with a fixed object and obstructing traffic.

kevin.cole@owh.com, 402-444-1272

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