Three days before Hoboken’s electric scooter sharing pilot program was scheduled to end, on Nov. 17 at 5:07 p.m., three out-of-town men were arrested and charged for driving a scooter while intoxicated, DWI in a school zone, reckless driving, driving on the sidewalk, and driving wrong way on a one way, according to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department.
Cranford residents Daniel Filipek, 27, and Joseph Meier,28, as well as Summit resident Christos Hantzaras, 27, were charged with the above offenses after Police Officers Harold Milne and Anthony Olivera saw the three men allegedly riding electric scooters in the opposite flood of traffic near Second and Hudson streets.
As the men passed the marked patrol car, the officers advised them that they can’t ride in the direction opposite the flow of traffic. The men allegedly ignored the officers’ warning and continued north on Hudson Street past the officers. The officers then circled to Fifth and Hudson streets in an attempt to stop them and ultimately did on Third and Hudson streets.
As the officers approached the men, they could smell alcohol allegedly coming from the riders.
They also saw that they were allegedly swaying from side to side.
A field sobriety test was conducted on all three men, which they allegedly failed.
They were then placed under arrest and transported to headquarters where they all provided breath samples that were allegedly above the legal limit.
Once they were processed, they were released to a responsible party.
The e-scooter pilot program will end on Wednesday, Nov. 20.