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Limo driver found sleeping at wheel on parkway ramp charged with DWI, police say

Cristian Quizhpi, 33, of Ozone Park, was arrested

Cristian Quizhpi, 33, of Ozone Park, was arrested on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, by New York State troopers and charged with driving while intoxicated and stopping a vehicle on the highway, police said. They said he was found asleep at the wheel of a limo on Southern State Parkway in North Massapequa. Credit: NYS Police

Troopers dispatched Wednesday to help a disabled limousine found it had stopped on an exit ramp of the Southern State Parkway with the driver asleep at the wheel because he was drunk, State Police said.

Cristian Quizhpi, 33, of Ozone Park, was in a Lincoln Town Car on the ramp to Route 107, off the eastbound lanes of the parkway in North Massapequa, when troopers awoke him just before 4:25 a.m. and smelled alcohol on him, police said.

He told the troopers that he had dropped off some passengers in Queens and was trying to get back to Ozone Park, also in Queens, but had drunk too many beers and ended up in Nassau, State Police spokesman Frank Bandiero said.

"He got lost," Bandiero said.

Quizhpi failed sobriety tests and a breath sample showed a blood-alcohol level of .17 percent. A blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher is considered intoxicated in New York State.

Quizhpi was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and stopping a vehicle on the highway, a violation. He was scheduled to appear June 8 in First District Court in Hempstead.

Police said the Lincoln was registered to VIP Transportation Inc. in Ozone Park.

Quizhpi could not be reached for comment. Phone records list him at the address for the limousine company.

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