HOBOKEN, NJ - An alleged drunk driver with an open container in his vehicle seemingly took umbrage with his arrest and threatened the officers who stopped him, according to a statement from Hoboken Police.
At about 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, Police Officer Harry Montalvo and Police Officer Tyrone Huggins saw vehicles swerving around a Black Mazda stopped in traffic in the area of 100 Marshall Street. Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop and approached the driver, Rafael Ventura, 48, Union City.
During their stop, officers discovered an empty bottle of an alcoholic beverage in plan view in the back seat area. Police Officer Bianca Arroyo responded and conducted a field sobriety test, after which it was determined that Ventura failed and was unable to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing.
Ventura was charged with being a Driver While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving, and Possession of open/unsealed container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle passenger compartment. During the transport and processing, Ventura had threatened Officer Montalvo and Officer Huggins with bodily harm, and was also charged with making Terroristic Threats.
Ventura was released on a summons with a court date and to a responsible party.
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