HOBOKEN, NJ - A 24-year-old Morristown man created quite a spectacle in Hoboken on Sunday night, attempting to flee the scene after snapping off the front driver's side tire of his vehicle. He was subsequently charged with DWI, following his apprehension blocks away from where he smashed into parked vehicles.
Miraculously, no one was injured in the incident.
According to Hoboken Police, at about 10:20 p.m., Police Officer Shelby Seickendick and Police Officer Michael Aviles responded to a report of a vehicle that was being operated in the area of 9th and Adams Street with a missing front driver’s side tire. En route to the scene, they discovered damaged vehicles in the area of 8th and Grand Street.
Officers then pursued the vehicle, which was seen traveling westbound from 8th and Adams Street. A trail of dark tire marks and a gouge in the asphalt led them to an unoccupied Jeep Liberty in the area of 4th and Jackson Street. That vehicle had heavy damage, with open alcoholic beverage containers reportedly found inside. The driver fled on foot and was soon located in the area of 219 Jackson Street by Police Officer Bernardo Munoz and Police Officer Frances McCourt.
John Limato, 24, Morristown, was given a field sobriety test by Sergeant Edward Sellick and was placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated.
As of this report, it is believed that Limato had crashed into four vehicles—according to the Hoboken Police Department.
Limato has been charged with DWI, Reckless Driving, Possession of Open Container of Alcoholic Beverage in a Motor Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Improper Use of a Cell Phone in a Moving Vehicle. Limato was released to a responsible party.
The defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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