On Sunday, June 19, at around 11 p.m. the New York Police Department (NYPD) received several complaints of "exorbitantly loud" music coming from a parked white van at the Willets Point neighborhood in Queens.
Now you might be wondering how a single van could irritate a whole neighborhood. Well, look:
According to NBC New York, the van had 50 speakers installed into it. The noise coming from the vehicle was so loud that it was even heard inside the nearby Citi Field stadium, where the New York Mets were facing off against the Atlanta Braves in a Major League Baseball game.
When police finally arrived to the scene, they found about 40 people gathered around the van, seemingly rejoicing and partying around it. The van’s owner, 47-year-old Nelson Hidalgo, was arrested on suspicion of criminal nuisance, unreasonable noise, and unlawful assembly.
Hidalgo defended his actions during interrogation. "I spent over $20,000 (more than P900,000) on this equipment,” he told the NYPD. “I know it’s illegal, but it’s the weekend." Good point, we say, but not a very law-abiding one. Hidalgo's van was confiscated by the police.