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.
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.