A Jersey City man was charged by Hoboken police with drunkenly driving into a utility poll near the border of the two Hudson County cities last week, authorities said.
Alex Lin, 36, of Jersey City, was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a breathalyzer, having an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving with a suspended license and registration, according to Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.
On April 23rd, at about 9:29 p.m., the Hoboken Police Department received a call for a utility pole struck by a gray van with possible New York registration, which had fled the scene, officials said.
The pole was knocked over and it was located in the area of 559 Newark Street, an area that borders Jersey City.
Jersey City police were notified and a vehicle matching the above description was stopped at about 9:45 p.m. in the area of 417 Manila Avenue with heavy front end damage.
Sgt. Luke Zeszotarski, Police Officer Marc Lombardi, and Special Police Officer Kyle Seper met up with Jersey City police at that location, where Zeszotarski observed the damage on the vehicle and the damage appeared to be consistent with having struck a utility pole based on the extent and shape of the damage, authorities said.
Zeszotarski interviewed the driver, later identified as Lin. After speaking with him, Zeszotarski performed a field sobriety test.
Upon completing the test, Zeszotarski determined Lin was unable to operate a motor vehicle safely and was placed under arrest. Lin did not provide a breath sample and was therefore charged with refusal, police said.
Lin was unable to have a responsible party pick him up and as per Johnâ€™s Law, Lin was kept in police custody for 12 hours. After 12 hours, Lin was released on his own, officials said.