Police: Despite ‘warming up’ for sobriety test, man on PCP charged with DWI in Jersey City


A Maryland man on PCP, with drug charges dating back to 1986, failed a field sobriety test outside the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City, despite “warming up” by hopping in place and waiving his arms, police said.

Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.
Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Charles V. Wyche, 49, of District Heights, Maryland, was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

At 6:30 p.m. yesterday near the Jersey City exit from the Holland Tunnel, Port Authority police responded to several calls of a black Chrysler Convertible driving erratically, authorities said.

The officer encountered the suspect with the motor running and the car in neutral at the intersection of 14th Street and Marin Boulevard, officials said.

Wyche was interviewed and stated he had ingested PCP. He stated he “laces his blunts” with PCP (Phencyclidine), with further investigation determining that Wyche had a suspended driver’s license, police said.

Before a field sobriety test began, the suspect began hopping in place and waving his arms and said to police that he was “warming up” before the test, authorities said.

The test began, but ended due to the Wyche’s failure to follow instructions. He was then placed under arrest, officials said.

While being processed two small bags containing suspected cocaine, and a one small bag containing PCP was recovered from Wyche – whose car was also impounded – police said.

Pentangelo told Hudson County View that Wyche had drug charges dating back to 1986.

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