Police: Jersey City man charged with DWI after backing up into gas station


A Jersey City man was charged with drunk driving early this morning after he backed his car up into a gas station, with the breathalyzer test revealing that his blood alcohol content was over twice the legal limit, officials said.

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

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Daniel Charles, 28, of Jersey City, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and traffic violations, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

At about 3 a.m. this morning, a Port Authority police officer on duty near the intersection of Manila and 14th Streets in Jersey City saw Charles operating a 2015 Nissan sedan northbound in the southbound lane, police said.

The officer drove over to Charles’ Nissan and he then abruptly backed his car up, slamming into a Sunoco gas station, authorities said.

The car struck a planter situated in front of the fuel pumps at the station and the vehicle sustained damage to its rear end – while the gas pumps were not damaged – officials said.

The officer described Charles’ eyes as “glassy” when he approached the vehicle, also noting that he stumbled when getting out of the car, police said.

Also reeking of a strong smell of alcohol, Charles voluntarily admitted that he had consumed “Bombay Sapphire” gin at a hotel, authorities said.

He failed the field sobriety tests while the breathalyzer test revealed that his blood alcohol content was over twice the legal limit, officials said.

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  1. All I can say is ‘Wow!’ What kind of a DOOFUS ruins his life over some tacky Bombay Saphire! If it was a kid with some Four Lokos or Cran-brr-itas, sure, that’s one thing, but this guy is FULL GROWN and drinking Bombay Saphire like he’s some Turkish lawyer! And with glass eyes, too!