A New York man was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Jersey City last week, with officers later discovering that he had a loaded handgun in his car, Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari announced.Â
OnÂ February 9th at approximately 1:28 a.m., Lt. Joseph Steneck and Officer Leslie Constantine were on a roving DWI patrol in the area of John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Communipaw Avenue in Jersey City when a black Nissan Pathfinder nearly struck their marked patrol car, Schillari began in a statement.
The Nissan was stopped a short distance later at the intersection of JFK Boulevard and Clinton Avenue.
The officers noticed that the driver, Kenny Summers, 38, of Evan Mills, New York, had bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol. He was taken out of the car to be administered a field sobriety test, which he did not pass, and was placed under arrest, police said.
As officers were securing his car, they noticed a handgun in an open backpack on the front passenger seat of the Nissan. The gun was loaded and had hollow point bullets in the magazine, authorities said.
As a result, Summers was charged with possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, possession of a firearm without a permit, possession of hollow point bullets, and DWI.
He was also issued motor vehicle summonses for careless driving, having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and failure to exhibit a registration card.
â€œThis stop shows just how dangerous a normal traffic stop can be for law enforcement officers. Officers never know what they will face on a car stop. I am glad we took an impaired driver off the road and took an unlawful weapon off the streets,â€ Schillari added.
â€œWe will continue these patrols randomly throughout the year. Since January 1st, the Roving DWI Patrols have arrested six impaired drivers and made three arrests for outstanding warrants.â€