WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- A traffic accident Sunday night in Wood-Ridge lead to the arrest of two men under of the influence of heroin and other charges.

According to Detective Sergeant Joseph Biamonte, Jr., the incident took place Sunday, March 31, at approximately 6:46 pm.  The Wood-Ridge Police Department received a 911 call from a passing motorist who witnessed a motor vehicle crash involving two cars at Fourth Street and North Avenue.  Sgt. Rutigliano was the first officer on the scene, followed by Sgt. Onnembo and Officer Mueller, who observed a 2016 Ford Focus up on the south side sidewalk of Fourth Street. There were no injuries from the crash.

Further investigation produced the arrests of the driver, Dennis Durso from Ridgefield, NJ, and the passenger, John Cerneka, from Hasbrouck Height, NJ.  Durso was charged with driving while intoxicated, possession/under the influence of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest.  Cerneka was charged with possession/under the influence of heroin, resisting arrest, and possession of a switchblade knife. Officers Nicholas Brunetti and Brian Donohue from the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department also assisted on the scene.  

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The men were charged and released on a summons pending court in Central Judiciary Court in Bergen County.  

The Wood-Ridge Police Departments reminds people that defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.


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