A man was charged with driving while intoxicated across from the Hoboken Police Station after falling asleep in the driver’s seat while the car was idling, authorities said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Victor Oliveira, 32, of Harrison, was charged with driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit to a breath test, according to Police Det. Lt. Jonathan Mecka.
Shortly after 7 p.m. on Sunday, Officer Anthony Rutkowski parked his police vehicle in front of the police station.
As he exited his vehicle, he observed a person slumped over in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked across the street from police headquarters, located at 105 Hudson St.
Fearing that the man may be having a medical emergency, he requested an ambulance while approaching the vehicle which was running. After several attempts to knock on the window with no response Rutkowski opened the driver’s side door.
Once open, the man woke up and began to interact with him. According to Rutkowski, the man exhibited slurred speech and had a strong odor of alcoholic beverages on his breath. While talking to Rutkowski, the man, identified as Oliveira, put the vehicle in drive.
At this time, Rutkowski put the vehicle in park and shut the vehicle off. Ultimately, Oliveira was placed under arrest and was walked into the police headquarters.
Once inside, he refused to provide breath samples, leading to the additional charge, and he was later released to a responsible party, police said.