Toms River man arrested for bouncing through Holland Tunnel

Date: August 3, 2016

JERSEY CITY – On Thursday, a Toms River man was taken into custody by the Port Authority police.

Port Authority Police Department was informed on 28th of July at about 3 p.m. that an individual was bouncing a 2015 Volkswagen GTI off the walls of the tunnel’s New Jersey-bound tube.

Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority said, “PAPD Officer Michael Gerbasio intercepted the car and activated emergency light and sirens in an effort to pull the car over. The officer used a public address system to instruct the vehicle’s driver to pull over. The driver continued on weaving in traffic.”

The person behind the wheel of the vehicle was identified as 38-year-old John N. Angen who was stopped 3 blocks later. He was wearing sunglasses and when he took them off, “the officer noted the driver’s pupils were pin point even in shade.”

He was also asked to perform a field sobriety test which he didn’t pass.

Pentangelo said that no other vehicle sustained damage and neither did the tunnel.

Pentangelo added that there was a prescription bottle in the vehicle with no label and “it was determined the driver was under the influence of a stimulant and narcotic analgesic.”

Police seized his motor vehicle and charged him for:

  • Cocaine & oxycodone possession
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • DWI
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to install an interlock device

Angen is summoned to Jersey City Municipal Court on 2nd of August.


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