HOBOKEN, NJ - A 26-year old Jersey City man was arrested early Sunday morning after driving his Toyota through the steel railings at Stevens Park near the corner of 4th & River Streets in Hoboken.

At about 1:47 a.m. on June 21, Sgt. Anthony Russo was on patrol when he observed a black Toyota traveling northbound on River Street which appeared to be traveling above the speed limit. The vehicle then drove straight through the intersection at 4th & River Sts, jumped the curb, plowed through a steel fence and drove into Steven’s Park. The vehicle came to a stop in the middle of the park on the pedestrian walkway, at which point Sgt. Russo, Lt. Edmond Drishti, Officer Brandon Fitzgibbons, Officer Domenick Allegretta, Officer Daniel Barron, Officer Joshua Campoverde, Officer Kyle Seper and Officer Tyler Soto questioned the driver.

A field sobriety test was conducted on Sheldon Looby, 26, from Jersey City, which he failed. Looby was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. Officers reportedly found a plastic bag of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Looby was unable to provide a sample of his breath and was transported to Hoboken University Medical Center. A search warrant was applied for and granted for Looby’s blood. Looby was charged with Possession of CDS Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. Both charges were placed on a summons. Looby also received the following motor vehicle summons: Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving, Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Exhibit Documents (Registration and Insurance). Loopy was released to a responsible party.

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Hours later, pedestrians surveyed the damage to the park and remnants of the Toyota—including the bumper and license plate.

The defendant is innocent until proven guilty.

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