At approximately 5:30 a.m., Officer Matthew DeBonis observed a red Toyota make a left turn from Passaic Street onto Linden Street in Hackensack. Officer DeBonis noticed the driver make this turn at a high rate of speed, causing the tires to screech and the vehicle to drift, almost striking the curb.
Officer DeBonis activated his emergency lights and audible sirens to initiate a traffic stop. The driver, later identified as Devin Hobson, failed to stop as he continued to travel north on Linden Street. Mr. Hobson then made an abrupt right turn onto Clinton Place, failing to stop and without signaling. Mr. Hobson turned into the parking garage of the Linden House Apartments, pulled into a parking spot, and stopped.
Officer DeBonis exited his vehicle and verbally commanded Mr. Hobson to show his hands. Mr. Hobson refused to comply with any demands. At that time, Officer Debonis observed Mr. Hobson bending over towards the floor of the vehicle, and appeared to be reaching under the front seat.
Officers from the Bergen County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit and Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) along with Officers from Hackensack Police Department arrived on scene to assist Officer DeBonis. Mr. Hobson continued to refuse to exit the vehicle after another series of attempts. The Officers made the decision to physically remove Mr. Hobson from the vehicle and handcuff him. Once the driver’s side door was open, Officer DeBonis detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Mr. Hobson also appeared to have bloodshot and glassy eyes. Mr. Hobson’s vehicle was towed and impounded.
Based on these observations, including Mr. Hobson’s erratic behavior, it was suspected that he was under the influence. Mr. Hobson verbally refused a field sobriety test and breathalyzer, and was charged with Driving While Intoxicated.
Devin Hobson was also charged with Eluding a Police Officer and Obstruction, along with 13 motor vehicle summonses. He was transported to the Bergen County Jail. Bail was set by the Honorable Judge Louis Dinice at $7,500. Devin Hobson posted bail later that day and was released pending his court date on August 14th at Central Municipal Court in Hackensack.
“The arrest of Mr. Hobson is another outstanding example of the resourcefulness of the brave men and women of the Bergen County Sheriff's Office,” said Sheriff Saudino. “These incidents highlight the dangers that officers encounter every day. I would like to thank Hackensack Police Department for their assistance in securing the arrest.”
The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office maintains that all individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.