HAWTHORNE, NJ - A Paterson man, Zaire Jacobs, 22, told Hawthorne Police he finished off a bottle of Remy Martin just before being pulled over, according to the Hawthorne Police Department.
The incident took place at approximately 9:12 p.m. on Sunday, January 12, when a Hawthorne police officer on Wagaraw Road ran a plate on a black 2008 Toyota Rav4. The police said that plate check registered as a stolen vehicle, which had pulled into the Delta gas station at 97 Lafayette Avenue. The officer pulled the Toyota over on Lafayette once it left the gas station and arrested the driver and two female passengers, Valnasia Heagler, 26, and Shirdaisa Murph, 23, both from Paterson "without incident."
Police said that as they placed Jacobs in handcuffs, a strong smell of an alcoholic drink could be detected. Once taken to police headquarters, field sobriety tests were performed, which he failed. It was while he was being processed for the charge of driving while intoxicated that he told police he had seen the police by the gas station,knew they were going to pull him over, and finished drinking a bottle of Remy Martin.
The open bottle was found in the car by police as it was in the process of being towed.
Murph and Heagler were charged with receiving stolen property. Jacobs was charged with receiving stolen property, driving while under the influence, careless driving, operating a motor vehicle without a license, failure to produce a license, and open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
Murph was released with a summons, but Jacobs and Heagler were taken to the Passaic County Jail in Paterson awaiting a Central Judicial Processing court date.
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