A first for Hoboken: Man is charged with scooter DWI

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Electric scooters in Hoboken, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal)

Veteran Hoboken police officers have seen it all over the years — until Sunday.

For the first time in the city’s history, a man was charged with driving while intoxicated on an electric scooter, Hoboken police said.

Nicholas Cutrone, 26, of Hoboken, was arrested at 4:08 p.m. after he tried to ride away from police officers who saw him “visibly unsteady and staggering” while unlocking a scooter in the area of Newark Street and Park Avenue.

The electric scooters, which travel up to 18 miles per hour, were introduced in the city in May. While the program has been popular, many residents are concerned about pedestrian safety and enforcement of the scooter rules of the road.

Cutrone was charged with DWI, reckless driving and refusal to submit to breath samples, Sgt. Jonathan Mecka said.

Sgt. Nicholas Burke tried to stop Cutrone from getting on the scooter, but the 26-year-old rode away. Burke followed in a cruiser and watched as Cutrone was swayed back and forth as if he was going to lose control at any moment, Mecka said.

Cutrone stopped a block away and he failed a field sobriety test administered by Police Officer Edward Lepre, Mecka said. While at headquarters, Cutrone refused to provide breath samples. https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/10/a-first-for-hoboken-man-is-charged-with-scooter-dwi.html

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