Jersey City councilman accused of DWI

Police say Councilman Khemraj

Police say Councilman Khemraj "Chico" Ramchal was involved in a crash at Communipaw and West Side avenues at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. (3/15/15)

JERSEY CITY - A Jersey City councilman is accused of driving while intoxicated after a three-car crash early Saturday morning.

Police say Councilman Khemraj "Chico" Ramchal was involved in a crash at Communipaw and West Side avenues at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Officials say Councilman Ramchal was driving in an authorized city vehicle with the car's emergency lights on when he allegedly ran a red light. His Ford Explorer then hit a taxi cab, causing the taxi to lose control and hit another vehicle. A passenger inside the taxi was injured.

The third vehicle involved was being driven by an off-duty New York sergeant.

Eduardo Marrero, the passenger in the taxi when the crash occurred, said he considers himself lucky to be alive. The auto mechanic said he is still in pain from the accident and has already missed two days of work.  

Police say Councilman Ramchal was driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 after partying at the Casino in Lincoln Park.

Ramchal was arrested and taken to the West District headquarters.

A spokesperson for Jersey City and Mayor Steven Fulop released a statement saying, "This is a very serious matter. We are awaiting additional details from authorities. Based on findings, appropriate consequences will be immediately issued."

Through email, Councilman Ramchal told News 12 he has been advised not to comment at this time.

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