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Police: Mass. soldier entered, fell asleep in stranger's car

Alan A. De Los Santos was charged with drunken driving and carrying a firearm while intoxicated after he allegedly stopped at a convenience store and crawled into the back of a stranger's car where he fell asleep early Monday morning.

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By KIM RING | The Telegram & Gazette | Published: October 27, 2018

EAST BROOKFIELD, Mass. (Tribune News Service) — A 26-year-old Worcester man was charged with drunken driving and carrying a firearm while intoxicated after he allegedly stopped at a convenience store and crawled into the back of a stranger's car where he fell asleep early Monday morning.

Alan A. De Los Santos, 26, told Brookfield police he and a friend went to a restaurant after their weekend military drills in Ware, Mass. Sunday, court documents state.

He said the pair had some drinks then he drove to Springfield to drop off his friend and they drank some more before he headed back to Worcester, according to a police report. He allegedly stopped at Cumberland Farms in Brookfield, and sat in his car for nearly an hour before he went inside and bought a Red Bull energy drink, the report states.

Video from the store then shows De Los Santos sitting in his vehicle and when another vehicle pulled in beside him he left his own car, which was running, and crawled into the back seat of the stranger's car where he went to sleep, police said. The owner of the car called police who awakened De Los Santos and noted that he seemed confused and had no idea how he came to be in someone else's vehicle.

After field sobriety tests and a breath test which revealed a blood alcohol level of .12 over the legal limit of .08, De Los Santos was arrested.

When officers prepared to tow De Los Santos' car, they found in the right rear of the car a loaded Sig Sauer P320 pistol with a round in the chamber along with another loaded magazine nearby, the report states.

In court on Monday, he was arraigned on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation, breaking and entering to commit a misdemeanor, improper storage of a firearm and carrying a firearm while intoxicated.

De Los Santos was released on personal recognizance and told to stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victim. He was ordered not to possess any firearms and is due back in court on Nov. 20 for further arraignment.

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