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Gwinnett Wrestling Coach Falls Asleep in Road, Charged with DUI

When you're feeling sleepy behind the wheel, it's probably a good idea to pull over and get some shut eye. Earlier this month, a Gwinnett wrestling coach forgot the pulling over part.

Joshua Dane Stephen, head wrestling coach at Collins Hill High School, stopped his truck in the middle of the road and fell asleep, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Stephen has been charged with DUI and obstructing the flow of traffic.

On June 1, a Gwinnett County police officer found Stephen's 2007 Chevy Colorado stopped in the middle of the street on Mall of Georgia Boulevard, authorities say. The officer found Stephen asleep inside the truck, according to police.

Stephen reportedly refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test. However, he was arrested without incident, according to the report.

Under Georgia's DUI law, it's illegal for anyone to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. A first DUI conviction is punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000, 10 days to 12 months in prison, at least 40 hours of community service, and completion of an alcohol or drug use risk reduction program.

Anyone who operates a vehicle in the state has given implied consent to a urine, blood, or Breathalyzer test if suspected of DUI. Failure to submit to the test can get your license suspended for at least a year, so Stephen may not be able to get behind the wheel for a while.

According to Gwinnett Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach, Joshua Dane Stephen hasn't been fired over the DUI incident. The Human Resources department at Collins Hill High School is currently conducting a review.

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