HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Members of the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department made drug arrests over the weekend, one stemming from an auto accident, and the other from a fraud complaint.

An on-duty Hasbrouck Heights Police officer witnessed a motor vehicle accident on Route 17 South at Henry Street on Saturday, September 12 at 6:19 p.m., according to Detective Sergeant John Behr.  A black Cadillac was seen traveling at a high rate of speed when it collided into another vehicle in front of the Taco Bell. After striking a second vehicle, it collided into the Rt 17 South shell gas station sign post. 

The driver was observed throwing items from the vehicle as the officer arrived at scene. Hasbrouck Heights officers on the scene included Detective Sergeant John Behr, Sergeant Domenick D’Amico, Patrolman Brian Donohue, and Patrolman Anthony Rossillo.   Wood-Ridge Police provided assistance. Multiple lanes were closed on Rt 17 South for the duration of the incident. The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department and Hackensack UMC ambulance responded due to a small fire igniting under the engine. 

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The driver, Hector Rodriguez, of Ridgefield Park, was taken into custody for possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS.) The vehicle he was operating was found to be unregistered, uninsured, and had fictitious license plates. He was also issued summonses for possession of CDS in a motor-vehicle and reckless driving. He was charged for the possession and released pending a mandatory court appearance. The passenger in the vehicle was checked for injuries and released at the scene. 

There were no injuries to any of the occupants of the other vehicles involved. One vehicle was impounded by Belfis Towing.

On Sunday, September 13, Hasbrouck Heights Officers were called to the Holiday Inn about a report of a possible incident of fraud involving guests who were currently on the premises. 

Sergeant Domenick D’Amico, Patrolman Nicholas Brunetti, and Patrolman Anthony Rossillo arrived and spoke to the individuals in question who were occupying a second floor room. 

One of the occupants, Clifford Colmyer of Vineland, NJ, provided false information to officers and was subsequently arrested for hindering his own apprehension as he was found to have active criminal warrants out of Atlantic County NJ. A second adult male, Jose Cruz, from the Bronx, NY, was taken into custody for possession of drug paraphernalia. A female with them was not charged. Both were charged and processed at Hasbrouck Heights PD headquarters.


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