Police: Jersey City man charged with DWI after driving into Stevens Park in Hoboken


A Jersey City man was charged with driving while intoxicated after driving into Stevens Park in Hoboken early Sunday morning, police said.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Zanin.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Sheldon Looby, 26, of Jersey City, was charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana), and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.

On Sunday at approximately 1:47 a.m., Sgt. Anthony Russo was on patrol when he observed a black Toyota traveling northbound on River Street that appeared to be going above the speed limit.

The vehicle was approaching a “T” intersection at 4th and River Streets, where River Street ends and Steven’s Park begins. The vehicle drove straight through the intersection, jumped the curb, through a steel fence and drove into Stevens Park, authorities said.

The vehicle came to a stop in the middle of the park on the pedestrian walkway and Russo then conducted a motor vehicle stop.

The following officers responded as backup: Lt. Edmond Drishti, Officers Brandon Fitzgibbons, Domenick Allegretta, Daniel Barron, Joshua Campoverde, Kyle Seper and Tyler Soto.

At that point, the operator of the vehicle was now identified as Looby, and upon observation and speaking with him, Russo believed Looby was intoxicated.

Therefore, Soto conducted a field sobriety test, which Looby failed and was then placed under arrest for drunk driving, officials said.

Looby was then searched and a plastic bag containing green vegetation believed to be marijuana was found on him, along with drug paraphernalia, authorities said.

Looby was transported to police headquarters to provide a breath sample, but he was unable to do so and was subsequently transported to Hoboken University Medical Center.

There, a search warrant was applied for, and granted, to get a sample Looby’s blood, police said.

Looby was also charged with several motor vehicle summonses, including reckless driving, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle, and failure to exhibit documents (registration and insurance). Loopy was eventually released to a responsible party, police said.