They allegedly told cops they were trying to figure out who was “less drunk” and who could drive
By Jen Maxfield
A 24-year-old Virginia woman allegedly driving drunk in New Jersey over the weekend smashed into two parked cars, then switched seats with her also allegedly drunk friend, who crashed into another two vehicles, authorities say.
Officers responding to a 911 call in Hoboken early Saturday found Jamila Banks, of Alexandria, Virginia, in the front passenger seat of her SUV. Janelle Green, a 23-year-old from Newark, was behind the wheel.
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Police say both women reeked of alcohol and reported that they had been at a club. They allegedly told cops they were trying to figure out who was “less drunk” and who could drive; both were over the legal limit — one had a blood alcohol level of 0.17 and the other had one of 0.14, though cops didn’t specify who was “more drunk.” They banged up the SUV so bad they couldn’t drive it.
Cops say they damaged four vehicles — three Hondas and one Nissan. No injuries were reported in any of the crashes.
Green and Banks are both charged with drunken driving in a school zone, as well as reckless driving. The SUV was impounded. It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday if either woman had retained an attorney.