HOBOKEN, NJ - Hoboken's Finest were dealing with alleged drunk drivers on city streets over the weekend, with busts on Saturday and Sunday nights.
At about 11:43 on October 24, Lieutenant Keith Rotondi and Sergeant David Olivera pulled over a driver for failing to stop at a posted stop sign in the area of Newark and Grand Street. As Sergeant David Olivera and Lieutenant Rotondi interacted with the driver, they suspected the driver was under the influence of alcohol. Lt Rotondi conducted a Field Sobriety Test on the driver, Tamuir Battle, 35, from Irvington, and determined that he was unable to operate a motor vehicle safely. Battle was placed under arrest and issued motor vehicle summonses for Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Stop at Stop Sign. He was released to a responsible party.
The following night, at about 10:35 PM, Officer Enrico Gnassi observed a white Lexus that failed to stop at the red light on First and Monroe Street. Officer Gnassi pulled behind the Lexus and activated his lights and sirens, but the vehicle continued driving eastbound on First Street. The vehicle then turned right onto Grand Street and then a right turn onto Newark Street after running a stop sign. The vehicle then turned right onto Adams Street and a right back onto First Street, blowing through yet another posted stop sign.
Staying within the speed limit for the pursuit, the vehicle eventually pulled over in the area of Newark and Willow Avenue. Sergeant Nicholas Burke and Police Officer Michael Straten arrived as backup, then Sergeant Edward Sellick arrived and performed a field sobriety test. Mohammed Chaudhry, 37, Jersey City was reportedly deemed unable to operate a motor vehicle safely and placed under arrest. At headquarters Chaudhry refused to submit breath sample and as a result was issued a summons for Refusal to Submit Breath Sample, along with motor vehicle summonses for Driving While Intoxicated, Failure to Observe Traffic Signal, and Failure to Stop at Posted Stop Sign and Eluding. He was released to a responsible party.
Defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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