NEWARK, N.J., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- An intruder scaled a fence at Port Newark, N.J., eluding security before being caught sleeping in a ship captain's bed, officials said.
The New York Post said the man, identified by police as Eric Carrero, was spotted by a longshoreman climbing the fence, but the worker did not alert authorities. The Post said the longshoreman assumed Carrero was a colleague.
After that, Carrero climbed aboard the cargo ship Andromeda Leader as workers were unloading a fleet of Japanese cars. Later as Carrero continued to wander the ship, two workers noticed he did not have a transportation worker identification card and asked him who he was. Carrero said he was the ship captain's nephew and the men let him continue on his way.
It wasn't until 3:15 p.m. Wednesday -- four hours after he'd first been spotted climbing the fence -- that Carrero was found sleeping in the captain's bed and Port Authority police were called. Carrero told police he "hated this country and wanted to get out of here and go to Germany," the Post said.
Carrero was taken to a New York City-area hospital for psychiatric evaluation. A port authority spokesman said an investigation has been opened into how security measures were bypassed.
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