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.
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.