A driver who police said was under the influence of drugs and alcohol was captured after he left a stolen Jaguar in the fast lane of the Palisades Interstate Parkway at night with its lights off when it ran out of gas.
A PIP officer found the vehicle in the northbound lane in Alpine around 9:30 p.m. Monday – about the same time that several other drivers called to report seeing a man walking north on the Parkway nearby, Sgt. First Class Raymond Walter said.
Officer found 44-year-old Steven Santana of Miami, FL walking on Route 9W and took him into custody.
“It was confirmed that he had taken the vehicle and parked it on the highway after it ran out of gas,” Walter said.
Santana was charged with receiving stolen property, DWI and being under the influence of drugs.
A half hour earlier, PIP said they found a speeding Brooklyn driver under the influence of drugs and alcohol after he knocked another car onto a parkway median with his sedan and then rammed it into a pursuing police vehicle.
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