Police: Drunken Union City man threatens Hoboken cops after being charged with DWI


An allegedly drunken Union City man threaten to harm Hoboken police officers after they had charged him with driving while intoxicated on Sunday evening, authorities said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Rafael Ventura, 48, of Union City, was charged with making terroristic threats, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and possession of open/unsealed container of alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle passenger compartment, according to Police Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.

On Sunday at around 8 p.m., Police Officers Harry Montalvo and Tyrone Huggins observed a black Mazda stopped in traffic in the area of 100 Marshall St. They observed multiple vehicles driving around the Mazda over the double yellow line in order to proceed forward, police said.

Due to the violation, the officers conducted a motor vehicle stop and approached the driver who was identified as Ventura. During the motor vehicle stop, officers discovered an empty bottle of an alcoholic beverage in the back seat area.

The investigation led to Montalvo believing that Ventura was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. As a result, Police Officer Bianca Arroyo responded and conducted a field sobriety test.

At the end of the test, Arroyo determined that Ventura failed and was unable to safely operate a motor vehicle. Ventura was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing.

During the transport and processing, Ventura had made threats to cause bodily harm towards Montalvo and Huggins. Therefore, Ventura was also charged with making terroristic threats.

Ventura was then released on a summons with a court date and to a responsible party, police said.