Police: Woman who got drunk at Billy Joel concert flees police after car accident

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A Short Hills woman who “had a few drinks” at a Billy Joel concert in Manhattan rear-ended another car and fled into the Holland Tunnel before getting stopped by Port Authority police in New Jersey, officials said. 

Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.
Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Alison Cantor, 42, of Short Hills, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident early this morning, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

At about 3:30 this morning, the Cantor was driving a 2015 Mercedes Benz sedan southbound on Varick Street in Manhattan. She rear-ended a 2002 Mercedes Benz station wagon, driven by a 54-old man, authorities said.

Port Authority police stationed at the Holland Tunnel saw the accident and observed a passenger in the 2015 Mercedes exit the vehicle to assess the damage, and then return to the car.

Despite being instructed by Port Authority police to pull over to the side for an investigation, Cantor continued into the Holland Tunnel heading into Jersey City, police said.

Port Authority police followed the vehicle and finally stopped her near the intersection of 14th Street and Manila Avenue in Jersey City.

While investigating, police detected an odor of alcohol from inside the vehicle. Cantor voluntarily stated that she “had just left a Billy Joel concert in Manhattan and had a few drinks,” officials said.

She failed both the field sobriety and breathalyzer tests and was placed under arrest. The male driver of the damaged vehicle refused medical attention, authorities said.