Sleepy driver charged with DWI after passing out in Grand Island Bridge toll lane

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A local man who fell asleep at the wheel of his car is facing charges of driving while intoxicated.

Police say they responded to a vehicle stopped on the south Grand Island only to find the driver, 33-year-old Andrew Payton, asleep at the wheel. Police say they woke him up and attempted to test his sobriety, but say they Niagara Falls resident failed those tests.

After an investigation, police say they charged him with felony DWI, due to a prior DWI conviction, along with operating a vehicle without an interlock device, drinking alcohol in a vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, driving without a license, obstruction of governmental administration and being illegally stopped on a highway.

Following his arraignment, police committed him to jail on $25,000 bail. He’ll return to court at a later date. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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