Police: Woman charged with DWI in Hoboken after getting car stuck on light rail tracks


A young woman was charged with drunk driving in Hoboken over the weekend after getting her car stuck on light rail tracks, with police later discovering an open bottle of hennessey in her car, police said. By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Cindy Espinel, 23, of Rutherford, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, driving with an open container and interference with transportation, according to Police Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.

Saturday around 4:09 a.m., Officers Anthony Rutkowski and Connor Milne responded to the area of Marshall Street and Paterson Avenue on a report of a vehicle stuck on the light rail tracks, with Officers Brandon Fitzgibbons and Jayla Vega assisting, authorities said.

They observed a four-door, 2016 white Mazda on the tracks with three people standing outside of it. The driver, identified as Espinel, explained that a navigation application guided her onto the tracks leaving her stuck, officials said.

As she was speaking to the officers with a slurred speech, Rutkowski was able to detect a strong odor of alcoholic beverage. Fitzgibbons proceeded to conduct a field sobriety test, which she was not able to complete, police said.

She was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. Inside the vehicle was a bottle of “Pure Hennessey White” located in plain view near the center console, authorities said.

At headquarters a breath sample was taken and she was found to be above the legal limit. She later received motor vehicle summonses for the offenses and released to a responsible party, officials said.