A Glendale man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving under the
influence of alcohol and driving without a license after officers
discovered him parked in the middle of an intersection.
Officers found 23-year-old Leonardo Santamaria of Los Angeles
asleep at the wheel of his 1988 Toyota Corolla about 2:24 a.m.
Sunday with his engine running and the car in gear in the
intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Verdugo Road, Glendale Police
spokeswoman Officer Leticia Chang said. The officers tried to wake
Santamaria and had to break his window to gain entry into the car.
When Santamaria awoke, he began to drive off, but an officer drove a
police cruiser in front of his car to keep him from leaving.
No one was hurt in the incident, and the police cruiser sustained
minor damage, Chang said.
Glendale Police sent out a task force Sunday to catch drunken
drivers after the Super Bowl. The task force arrested six people and
issued 13 traffic citations. Patrol officers arrested an additional
seven people, Chang said.