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West Caldwell Police Cpl. Bill Styskal Heads Investigation Leading to Hit and Run Arrest

Credits: Carolyne Volpe Curley

WEST CALDWELL, NJ - The West Caldwell Police Department announced that Corporal William Styskal had completed an almost two week investigation after Wednesday's arrest of Bloomfield resident Joseph Deleva, 49, who was wanted for a hit and run accident earlier this month. 

Joseph Deleva  Credit: West Caldwell Police

At about 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, West Caldwell police responded to the parking lot of Cleveland's Bar and Grill, located at 555 Passaic Avenue, after a call came in on the hit and run.

555 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell  Credit: Google Maps

Styskal determined after 
interviews with witnesses and those involved, that Deleva had become involved in an argument with five area residents, men and women in their early 20s. As they attempted to leave Deleva, the group got into a 2012 Jeep together. Reportedly, Deleva got into his 2003 GMC Yukon and purposefully drove his car directly into their Jeep, with so much intensity that the jeep was turned around. Witnesses said the Yukon then backed up and sped out of the parking lot. Those in the Jeep managed to get a partial license plate of the Yukon.  

Arrest and Charges
On Wednesday, Deleva turned himself into the West Caldwell Police Station where he was arrested and charged with the following:
  • Aggravated Assault - five counts
  • Criminal Mischief - five counts  
  • Possession of a Weapon 
  • Possession of a Weapon for an unlawful purpose

Deleva is being held in the Essex County Jail in Newark on $50,000 bail for each charge

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