A Union City man was arrested for drunk driving in Hoboken early this morning after hitting 36 parked cars, causing thousands of dollars in damage, police said.
Miguel Aleman, 22, of Union City, was chard with driving while intoxicated, DWI in a school zone, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to exhibit documents (insurance), operating and unregistered vehicle and two counts of assault by auto for injuries to his passengers, according to Police Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.
Early this morning around 1:28 a.m., Hoboken police received numerous 911 calls about a driver traveling north on Bloomfield Street striking many parked cars, authorities said.
Officers Matt Isler and Fabian Quinones responded to the area and were able to locate a 2010 White Honda and a driver, later identified as the defendant, at 8th Bloomfield Street, officials said.
Quinones observed the Honda had received heavy damage, with the passenger side windshield in poor condition and all air bags were deployed. Additionally, the driver seemed disoriented and was not able to balance himself while standing in the street, police said.
The officers were also able to detect a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from him and due to the heavy damage and possible injuries, medical personnel were requested to asses the driver, authorities said.
Two other passengers of the vehicle that were found on scene were also evaluated for injuries sustained from the accident, officials said.
Furthermore, Sgt. Saverio Binetti attempted to perform a field sobriety test, but Aleman was not able to complete it. He was then placed under arrest for the motor vehicle offenses and the assault.
Due to the extent of the damage to the vehicles and the possibility of serious internal injuries to all inside, they were transported to the Hoboken University Medical Center to be evaluated and treated.
After further investigation, it was determined that the driver had traveled north on Bloomfield Street from 1st Street up to 8th Street, where he struck approximately 36 parked vehicles causing damage in the thousands of dollars, police said.
According to authorities, Aleman was not able to provide breath samples immediately, so instead, blood and urine samples were provided at the hospital for testing in order to determine the alcohol level.
After treatment, he returned to headquarters to finish the processing and later to be released to a responsible party. The other two passengers remain at the hospital for further evaluation, officials said.