SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A wierd sight has police scratching their heads in a single New Jersey city.
South Hackensack Police Officer David Polanco was patrolling Route 46 round 12:45 a.m. Saturday, when he noticed a visitors signal protruding from the sunroof of a black sedan touring west.
“I’ve by no means seen something prefer it,” he informed CBS2’s Lisa Rozner.
The motive force, 52-year-old Maria Vazquez, of Hawthorne, pulled into the Plaza 46 diner simply as Polanco was about to drag her over.
“She stopped, as a result of she acknowledged that she heard a wierd noise coming from beneath her automobile,” he mentioned.
Very similar to the signal, her story was the other way up, Rozner reported.
Police mentioned Vazquez was baffled and drunk. She failed two sobriety exams and a breathalyzer studying.
Polanco mentioned she didn’t even know the signal was protruding of her automotive.
“Once I pointed it out to her, she mentioned, ‘wow, I didn’t even know that was there,’” he mentioned. “However there was glass everywhere in the within the automotive and everywhere in the prime of the automotive.”
Police mentioned if the signal, apparently fabricated from metal, had been a pair inches nearer to Vazquez, she might have been severely injured or killed.
“If there was anyone within the backseat, it might have been so much worse, as nicely,” mentioned Polanco.
Vazquez informed police she might have traveled with the signal, which directed individuals to a bus, for some eight miles from Secaucus, the place she had been ingesting.
However the way it received there’s a thriller to everybody.
“She both hit it, or did any individual really possibly simply decide it up and put it in there?” Lodi resident Peggy Harnett questioned.
“Was she oblivious? Or did she know that she had a pole protruding from her automotive? And did she harm anybody alongside the way in which?” requested Terrance Reed, of Hackensack.
Vazquez was charged with driving whereas intoxicated.