Police: Hoboken man charged with DWI after going through gate of Academy Bus parking lot


A Hoboken man was charged with driving while intoxicated after going through the gate of the Academy Bus parking lot early Sunday morning, police said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Benjamin Gonzalez, 43, of Hoboken, was charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving, according to Police Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.

On Sunday around 433 a.m., Officers Ricky Truppner Geovanni Cruzado were dispatched to 111 Paterson Ave. on a reported motor vehicle crash.

When the officers arrived, they observed a Silver 2006 Acura driving in circles inside a parking lot belonging to Academy Bus. The officers also observed damage to the entrance gate leading into the lot, officials said.

The officers were told by a witness that the operator of the vehicle drove through the gate, causing the damage. They then entered the lot and conducted a motor vehicle stop.

Truppner approached the driver and while speaking with him, he was able to smell alcohol emanating from the passenger compartment. Officer Truppner performed a field sobriety test on the driver identified as Gonzalez, police said.

At the end of the test, Truppner determined that Gonzalez was unable to safely operate a motor vehicle. Gonzalez was transported to headquarters where he provided a breath sample and found to be above the legal limit, officials said.

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