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Two Individuals Arrested for Driving Under the Influence in West Orange

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Two individuals, Eva Suzanna Hakoun and Lewis Thompson, were arrested over the last week in the West Orange area for driving while intoxicated.

Eve Suzanna Hakoun was arrested at approximately 8:20 p.m. on Nov. 2 in the area of Main Street and Washington Street after West Orange officers reported to a two-car accident and discovered that Hakoun had been driving while under the influence of alcohol.

While gathering information about both drivers, the interviewing officer said he immediately observed that Hakoun’s eyes were both watery and droop and could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from her breath. When asked, Hakoun stated that she had consumed one glass of wine earlier that evening at her home.

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Hakoun agreed to perform field sobriety tests, stating that she had a previous knee injury but was still able to walk. However, police noted that as they explained the test, Hakoun was swaying back and forth, appeared to have a hard time holding the starting position and began the test prior to be instructed to do so.

The individual also had difficulty with the second test, standing on one leg, as she had to put her foot down six times for balance, as well as difficulty standing during the finger-to-nose test.

Subsequent to being transported to Essex Fells Police Department for a breathalyzer test, Hakoun reported a breath result of 0.16-percent blood alcohol content (BAC). She was issues summonses of operating under the influence of liquor or drugs; careless driving; leaving the scene of an accident; and failure to report an accident.

Thompson was also involved in a motor vehicle crash prior to being arrested for driving under the influence on Oct. 28. While interviewing him upon arrival, police stated that Thompson had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath as well as from within the interior of his vehicle and that his eyes were bloodshot and glassy.

Due to rain, the responding officer could not perform field sobriety tests for Thompson’s safety and he was subsequently taken into custody. At headquarters, he had a final reported breath test result of 0.18 percent BAC.

Thompson was issued three summonses, including operating under the influence of liquor or drugs, careless driving and others. Thompson was given a court date on Nov. 15 and Hakoun was given a court date of Nov. 22. 

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