Drunk driver fleeing from police, man getting KO’d, highlights Hoboken Halloween arrests


A premiere destination for young adults coming out to celebrate Halloween, the Hoboken Police Department recorded only eight arrests this past weekend – which included a drunk driver fleeing from police and a man getting knocked out during a street fight. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Between Saturday at 12 p.m. and Sunday at 4 a.m., the Hoboken Police Department recorded 351 calls for service, 29 ambulance calls, issued 35 violations of city ordinances, 10 motor vehicle summonses and eight arrests, according to Det. Sgt. Joseph Leonard.

There were also four tavern sheets issued: two for over intoxicated females – the Madd Hatter and Tally Ho – and two for over occupancy – Cadillac Cantina and Wet Willies, authorities said.

Sunday at around 1:28 a.m., Police Officer Anthony Russo and Det. Robert Roman heard a vehicle strike something near 2nd and Washington Streets, officials said.

They then observed the vehicle of Animesh Mohanty, 29, of Jersey City, and it had apparently struck a pole with the front passenger side. As they got near the car, the reverse lights went on and they yelled at the driver to stop, identifying themselves as cops, police said.

The arrestee continued to drive in reverse, almost striking pedestrians, as well as Russo and Roman, who then ran toward the vehicle yelling for it to stop, but he drove away and went west on 2nd Street, authorities said.

Then, Police Officer’s Anthony Fesken and Enrico Gnassi travelled west on 2nd Street and then south on Grand Street. Gnassi subsequently saw the car pull into the lot at 400 Newark Street – where they conducted a stop, officials said.

At that point, Police Officer’s Tyler Soto and Michael Straten arrived, and due to the odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from the arrestee, Soto conducted field sobriety tests, police said. The arrestee failed and was placed under arrest.

He was processed and charged for resisting arrest/eluding and issued four motor vehicle summonses: driving while intoxicated, DWI in a School Zone, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident, police said. He was later released to a sober party.

About an hour and a half later, around 2:55 a.m., Cody Brown, 25, of Woodbridge, was charged with aggravated assault, Leonard said.

Sgt. Dennis Figueroa, as well as Police Officers Mike Losurdo, Joseph Cahill and Daniel Simone were in the area of 1st and Bloomfield Streets when they saw a commotion with a group of people.

When they approached the group, they found a male unconscious on the ground. Three witnesses on scene pointed out Brown as the actor, police said.

When Losurdo asked the arrestee what happened, he said was insulting him and talking about his family, so he knocked him out. Brown was arrested, processed and released on a summons, officials said.