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Port Authority police find driver passed out behind the wheel, foot on the brake, near Holland Tunnel

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BEYOND BERGEN: Port Authority police said they found a drunk driver passed out behind the wheel in traffic — his foot on the brake and an empty bottle of wine on the floor — near the Holland Tunnel.

Officers spotted the 2004 Ford Explorer stopped at a green light on Erie Street about 20 yards from the 12th Street intersection in Jersey City around 7 o’clock last night, the authority’s Joseph Pentangelo said this morning.

The unconscious driver’s chin was resting on the steering wheel, he said.

The car was in drive and his foot was on the brake, Pentangelo said.

The officer reached in, put the car in park and ordered 35-year-old Christopher Book of Pine Brook out of the vehicle.

“His face was flushed and his speech was slurred,” Pentangelo said, adding that Book failed a field sobriety test.

He was arrested and charged with DWI, reckless driving and having an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle.

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