Police: Man drunkenly breaks into home, passes out on couch

NORTH EAST - An Elkton man is facing charges after allegedly breaking into a stranger's home and falling asleep on the couch while drunk.

Ryan Michael Emig, 30, of the unit block of Old Chestnut Road is charged with first- and fourth-degree burglary and vandalism.

The charges stem from a Saturday incident in Cecil County.

Around 6:40 a.m. that day, Maryland State Police were called to the 600 block of Irishtown Road in North East.

When they arrived, troopers spoke with the homeowner who said his wife woke up and came downstairs to find someone asleep on their couch.

At first, she thought the person on the couch was a family member, but when she pulled the blanket off the person's head she realized it was a man she didn't know, state police said.

The residents also noticed the back door to the home was broken. They immediately contacted police.

The man, later identified as Emig, was still asleep on the couch when troopers arrived, according to police.

Emig told police he thought he was at a friend's house and couldn't remember what he was doing there.

Nothing was reported stolen from the home and Emig was arrested at the scene, police said.

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