Police: Man charged with DWI in Hoboken after letting passenger ride on his roof


A Bergen County man was charged with driving while intoxicated in Hoboken over the weekend after allowing a passenger to ride on his roof early Saturday morning, police said. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Khaled Makhlouf, 37, of Dumont, was charged with DWI, DWI while in a school zone, reckless driving and riding on parts not intended for passengers, according to Police Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.

On Saturday morning around 3:48 a.m., Officers Tyler Soto and Anthony Rutkowski observed a 2007 BMW traveling south on Washington Street at a high rate of speed with a passenger sitting on the roof of the vehicle, authorities said.

The officers conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of 102 Washington St. As Soto approached the vehicle, he was able to detect a strong odor of alcohol from the driver as he handed his license and registration by the driver, officials said.

The driver also allegedly had slurred speech and droopy eyes. A field sobriety test was conducted, which he was not able to complete. Makhlouf was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing and to provide a breath sample.

Additionally, the person riding on the roof of the BMW was identified as Hassan Ali, 27, of Wallington. He was identified as a friend of the driver and was issued a summons for disorderly conduct. The driver was later released to his friend, police said.

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