A man was charged with driving a stolen car while under the influence of PCP in Hoboken yesterday afternoon, with his passenger also charged over the vehicle theft, police said.
Guilber Flores-Gonzalez, 29, of Jersey City, was charged with receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (PCP), driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and having suspended licenses, according to Police Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.
Additionally, his passenger, Juan Duarte, 27, of Jersey City, was charged with receiving stolen property.
Yesterday at approximately 1:55 p.m., Sgt. Christopher LaBruno conducted a motor vehicle stop of a grey Honda CR-V in the area of 1024 Clinton St.
Upon stopping the vehicle, dispatch informed officers on scene that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Union City.
At this time, Lt. Scott Hohchstadter, along with Police Officers Daniel Grossi, Roberto Cuevas, Dylan Archilla, and Wilfredo Gomez arrived as backup.
LaBruno had suspected the operator was under the influence of an intoxicant and had Grossi conduct a standardized field sobriety test on the operator. At this time, the driver was identified as Flores-Gonzalez and the passenger as Duarte.
Flores-Gonzalez was ordered out of the vehicle and as he stepped out, Grossi detected the order of PCP emanating from him. After the test, Grossi determined that Flores-Gonzalez was unable to safely operate a motor vehicle.
As a result, he was placed under arrest for DWI. Search incident to his arrest, Grossi found a partially smoked cigarette coated with suspected PCP. Flores-Gonzales was transported to headquarters where Drug Recognition Expert Sgt. Edward Sellick performed additional tests on him.
Flores-Gonzalez was charged on a warrant with the aforementioned charged and motor vehicle summonses, while Duarte was placed under arrest and charged on a warrant for receiving stolen property.
Both Flores-Gonzalez and Duarte were processed and then transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility, authorities said.