A Jersey City man with a suspended driver’s license was charged with driving while intoxicated after hitting a Hoboken cop car, with an open bottle of cognac in plain sight, police said.
Angel Candelaria, 30, of Jersey City, was charged with reckless driving, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, open container in a vehicle, driving while suspended and driving while intoxicated, according to Police Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.
Officers Cynthia Rivera and Harold Milne were dispatched to the area of 70 Hudson Place on a report of a disorderly person yesterday at 12:12 a.m. While on scene clearing the crowds, Milne observed a 2004 Honda strike a marked police vehicle, authorities said.
The vehicle then continued to drive on Hudson Street until Milne and Rivera were able to stop it. Milne approached the driver’s side of the car and immediately detected an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle, officials said.
Milne requested the driver’s credentials several times, who then handed him his vehicle registration and an identification only license. As he spoke to the driver, Rivera was able to observe in plain view an open bottle labeled “cognac,” police said.
The driver was asked to step out of the vehicle where Milne was able to observe the driver sway and lean on the vehicle for support, authorities said.
Officer Nathaniel Arocho then arrived and conducted a field sobriety test which the driver was not able to complete. He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters where a breath sample was taken, police said.
He was found to be above the legal limit of .08 percent blood alcohol content. He was issued motor vehicle summonses for the offenses and released to a responsible party, officials said.