Man Arrested After Driving Through Work Site

A man faces DWI charges after being arrested in the early morning hours.

📅   Tue October 27, 2015 - Northeast Edition
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Police say a man driving through a closed construction zone along the approach to the Bayonne Bridge on Staten Island has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.
Police say a man driving through a closed construction zone along the approach to the Bayonne Bridge on Staten Island has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) - Police say a man driving through a closed construction zone along the approach to the Bayonne Bridge on Staten Island has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police spokesman Joe Pentangelo said Sunday 38-year-old Francois Ratzel, of Jersey City, entered the Route 440 northbound approach at the bridge shortly before 2 a.m. The bridge was closed from 9 p.m. Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday because of a construction project.

Pentangelo says Port Authority police blocked Ratzel’s path with a marked police vehicle. An officer later interviewed Ratzel and arrested him on DWI charges.

Ratzel was not available for comment.

The Port Authority said earlier this month the bridge-raising project would not be completed until 2017 because of construction delays.