Police: Drunken driver strikes 36 parked vehicles in Hoboken

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Authorities say a drunken driver struck 36 parked vehicles on a Hudson County street, injuring both his passengers and causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Hoboken police say 22-year-old Miguel Allen, of Union City, was driving northbound on Bloomfield Avenue around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday when he started striking vehicles.

“Our initial investigation is pointing us to him drinking in Hoboken, meeting two girls on Washington Street and then proceeding to leave the bar,” says Hoboken Police Chief Ken Gerrante.

Allen and his two passengers were all injured and were taken to a hospital after the car crashed near Eighth Street and Bloomfield Avenue. The two passengers remained hospitalized Wednesday afternoon, but further details on their injuries were not disclosed.

No other injuries were reported in the accidents. But some of the owners of the cars damaged say that the costs are high.

Laura Golden says that her Honda Pilot was smashed so badly that it is now undriveable.

“My insurance company says that based on the age of the car that I probably have to have a total loss and get a new car,” she says.

The commotion woke up 93-year-old World War II veteran Vince Wassman.

“I was sleeping at the time and I heard this big noise. I came out and the guy was twirling all the way up the avenue, here,” Wassman says.

Allen faces several charges, including DWI and assault by auto. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney to comment on his behalf.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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