Police: Hoboken man passed out in car admits to being on methadone


A Hoboken man found passed out in his car blocking the gas pumps of a Jersey City gas station admitted to police that he used methadone earlier in the day, officials said. 

Michael Melendez

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Michael Melendez, 39, of Hoboken, was charged with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

At about 3 p.m. yesterday, a Port Authority police officer responded to a complaint from a gas station attendant on Marin Boulevard in Jersey City that said a man was blocking the gas pumps with his 2002 Honda Odyssey, which was running, police said.

The attendant was concerned as the man was slumped over the steering wheel and appeared to be unconscious, authorities said.

The officer opened the car’s passenger side door and Melendez sat up and seemed confused about his whereabouts, slurring his words and his eyes were watery and bloodshot, police said.

He was asked if he had any medical condition by the officer and he replied he had used methadone earlier that day. He was placed under arrest for being under the influence, officials said.

Melendez was unable to stand, his vehicle was towed from the scene and impounded. Additionally, a computer check showed his license was suspended, authorities said.

His criminal history contained for prior drug arrests as well as an arrest for assault and weapon possession, police said.

Coincidentally, Melendez was wearing a t-shirt of “The Walking Dead” TV show during the time of his arrest.

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  1. With gas prices as crazy as they are, this guy must be rich to fall asleep with the car running! And with cable prices this high, too, and that shirt… smh. Let’s just say I can TELL who this guy’s voting for!