A Pennsylvania man’s “Cookie Stay High” container filled with marijuana, as well as a metal pipe and shaky hands, led to his driving while intoxicated arrest in North Bergen after Port Authority police pulled him over for speeding, officials said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Frank Bodar, 57, of East Stroudsburg, P.A., was charged with DWI in a school zone, reckless driving, speeding, fail to exhibit insurance, possession of marijuana in a vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia yesterday at 7:30 a.m. near the Lincoln Tunnel entrance in North Bergen, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.
Early yesterday morning, Port Authority police saw Board driving a tan 2004 Ford sedan with Pennsylvania plates traveling eastbound on 495 in North Bergen at the approach to the Lincoln Tunnel, authorities said.
Bodar was said to be traveling at a speed of over 70 miles per hour via radar, so the officer signaled the driver to pull over, which he did, officials said.
The officer detected an odor of marijuana emanating from the suspect’s car, who eventually removed a small amount of marijuana and a metal pipe used for smoking from his front pocket, police said.
Police indicated his hands were slow and shaking as he fumbled for his paperwork, also removing a green container labeled “Cookie Stay High” from the front pouch of his lunch box – which was on the front passenger seat, authorities said.
The container contained suspected to be marijuana and there was an odor of burnt marijuana about the suspect’s breath, whose eyes were watery and bloodshot, officials said.
Bodar admitted to having smoked marijuana at about 5 a.m. that morning, further confirming that the suspect was impaired and placed under arrest, police said.
On top of the drug charges, Bodar’s insurance card was expired, authorities said.