Police: Man charged with DWI in Hoboken after going wrong direction on one-way street


A Haledon man was charged with driving while intoxicated in Hoboken after going the wrong direction down a one-way street, with police finding an open bottle of vodka and marijuana cigarettes inside the vehicle upon investigation, authorities said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Denis Shakjir, 29, of Haledon, was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI in a school zone, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, driving the wrong way down a one-way street, possession of an open container in a motor vehicle, failure to exhibit documents and reckless driving, according to Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.

At 1:55 a.m. this morning, while officers were patrolling the area of 4th and Jackson Streets, they observed a 2009 Nissan driving the wrong way on a one way street prompting – the officers conducted a motor vehicle stop of the vehicle, police said.

As the officers approached the vehicle, they observed an open bottle of vodka along with other closed alcoholic beverages in the vehicle. They also detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the inside of the vehicle, officials said.

The driver was not able to produce his driver’s license for the officers. As the officers attempted to confirm he was a licensed driver, they observed the driver moving around the vehicles cabin moving items around, authorities said.

The driver was asked to exit the vehicle for a Field Sobriety Test. Officers Brandon Fitzgibbons and Matthew Isler then arrived to assist.

As Fitzgibbons conducted the test, Officers Michael Aviles and Mark Mullins walked over to the vehicle to retrieve the open container. He was able to detect a strong odor of burnt marijuana inside, police said.

Mullins located a clear tube which contained suspected marijuana cigarettes. Shakjir placed under arrest and charged with the above offenses. At headquarters, he provided a breath sample which found him to be above the legal blood alcohol content .08 percent, officials said.

He was later released with a summons to appear in court along with several motor vehicle summonses and a responsible party later arrived to take Shakjir home, authorities said.

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