Police: West Orange man busted with loaded handgun after driving drunk on sidewalk in Hoboken


A West Orange man was busted with a loaded handgun and hollow point bullets after getting caught driving on the sidewalk in Hoboken, police said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jalis Lliguicota, 18, of West Orange, has been charged with DWI, reckless driving, driving on the sidewalk, being an unlicensed driver, Possession of a controlled dangerous substance in motor vehicle, having tinted windows, possession of handgun, defacing a firearm, possession of hollow point bullets, and possession of a high-capacity magazine, according to Police Det. Sgt. Jonathan Mecka.

Shortly after 3:00 a.m. this morning, Officer Harold Milne observed a Black Toyota driving on the pedestrian walkway in the area of 8th and Sinatra Drive.

Prior to approaching the vehicle, he advised communications, who dispatched back-up units. Once the vehicle drove back onto the street, he conducted a motor-vehicle stop.

During the stop, the driver was identified as Lliguicota. During the on-scene investigation, he was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. He was also found to be in possession of a defaced firearm, loaded with hollow point bullets.

When the on-scene investigation was complete, Lliguicota was transported to police headquarters where he provided breath samples for chemical testing, authorities said.

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