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STAMFORD — When an unoccupied old blue van was reported blocking a lane of traffic, police immediately sent a cop up to Strawberry Hill Avenue at Fifth Street at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday.
When the officer got up there, he found the driver of the idling car, John Ramos, 59, slumped over the steering wheel asleep, Sgt. Robert Shawinsky said. When the officer woke Ramos up, Ramos picked up his foot that was on the brake. Because the car was running and in drive, it rolled right into the police cruiser parked just ahead of him.
Ramos said he was tired after helping someone take furniture out of a nearby home.
Police ran Ramos’ license and found that it had been suspended a long time ago, Shawinsky said. When they checked on the van, police discovered it had not been registered for many years and the Department of Motor Vehicles had no information on it.
Ramos, of Colonial Road, was charged with driving while under suspension, improper use of a license plate, failure to insure a motor vehicle and unsafe movement of a stopped vehicle.