WEEHAWKEN — One of the busiest roadways in the world became the tunnel of self-love for a man high on drugs, police say.

Ismael Esquilin, 48, of Passaic, has been accused of stopping his minivian in the middle of the Lincoln Tunnel to take off his clothes and masturbate.

The lewd act gummed up traffic about 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the Hudson River tunnel linking New Jersey to New York.

Esquilin admitted that he had smoked PCP, Port Authority police said.

Police said he refused to get out of the vehicle but they eventually arrested him after covering him with a blanket.

Officers said they found a small glass bottle of suspected PCP in the vehicle and took him to a hospital in Hoboken for evaluation.

He was charged with drug possession, driving under the influence, refusal to provide breath and urine samples, reckless driving and impeding traffic.

Esquilin could not be reached for comment Friday. 

Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-359-5348 or email sergio.bichao@townsquaremedia.com.


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