Man Who Blocked Traffic at Holland Tunnel Was Allegedly Asleep, Drunk

January 15, 2018 Updated: January 15, 2018

A man who allegedly fell asleep after drinking and driving caused a backup at the Holland Tunnel between New York and New Jersey this weekend, police say.

Robert D. Tume-Ponce, 48, was found asleep in his vehicle by Port Authority Police Officer Christopher Hooper near the tunnel’s New Jersey exit at around 2 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, the New York Post reports.

Hooper had gotten stuck in the jam and decided to investigate. Tume-Ponce’s 2003 Ford Explorer was still running when Hooper found him.

Police give him a sobriety test, which he reportedly failed. He had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit for driving, a law enforcement source told the Daily Mail.

An open bottle of wine was found in the vehicle on the passenger side, police reported.

The backup occurred at 14th Street and Manila Avenue, the Port Authority’s Joseph Pentangelo told the Fort Lee Daily Voice.

Tume-Ponce, from Jersey City, was charged with DWI, delaying traffic and having an open alcohol container in his vehicle, which was impounded, the Daily Voice reports.



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