Police: Man charged with DWI after cops find Jack Daniels bottle in car


A man was charged with driving while intoxicated in Jersey City after police found a mostly empty Jack Daniels bottle in his car, with the driver later admitting he was coming from a Hoboken nightclub, officials said. 

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

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Alaa Awad, 29, of Paterson, was charged with driving while intoxicated at around 3:15 a.m. this morning, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

Port Authority police were at the intersection of 12th Street and Marin Boulevard in Jersey City where he saw Awad driving a 2009 Nissan Maxima, authorities said.

Awad made an illegal turn, disobeying a sign and the traffic light, so an officer followed directly behind the vehicle as it approached the Holland Tunnel, officials said.

The vehicle was weaving and crossing over the double solid line, so the officer stopped Awad near the Holland Tunnel entrance, police said.

As the officer interviewed the suspect, he noticed a strong odor of alcohol on the suspect’s breath, as well as the fact that eyes were red and glassy and that his speech was slow and slurred, authorities said.

The officer also noticed an open, partially consumers bottle of Jack Daniels on the floor of the driver’s compartment, officials said.

Awad volunteered he was coming from the Reign Nightclub in Hoboken, where he had had a few drinks. He failed field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test, so he was placed under arrest and his vehicle was impounded, police said.

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  1. I always said (and you can ask my girlfriend) that Jack Daniels’s bottles and taste were too close to Mexican Coke, the kind you buy at the bodega. I bet this guy was thirsty and thought the Jack was Coke and things took a turn for the worst! smh at least the police didn’t shoot him.