HOBOKEN, NJ - A North Bergen man riding a dirt bike was picked up on a slew of charges Sunday after he allegedly ran a stop sign and later crashed into another vehicle—all while carrying bags of cocaine through Hoboken.
At about 5:30 p.m., Hoboken Police Lieutenant Keith Rotondi reportedly saw a blue and white Yamaha dirt bike drive through the stop sign at the intersection of 3rd and Hudson Streets. Rotondi activated his lights and sirens and attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop, but the operator of the motorcycle started to travel on the right side of the road maneuvering between traffic and parked vehicles.
Lt. Rotondi broke off his pursuit for safety concerns, but maintained visual as long as he could and transmitted details to other units. Moments later, Lieutenant Michael Costello observed the dirt bike traveling northbound through the intersection of 3rd and River Street. Lt. Costello entered the intersection with his emergency lights on and observed the dirt bike crash into the rear end of a stopped motor vehicle. Lt. Rotondi, P. O. Frances McCourt, P.O. Nicklas Valerius and P.O. Harold Milne arrived soon after.
Marino Arias, 29, was lifting the bike off the ground when he was then placed under arrest. Arias had also crashed into a second vehicle at the time of the crash. He was searched and was found to be in possession of several small plastic bags believed to contain Cocaine, and was carrying over $1,900 in cash.
Arias was charged on a warrant with Eluding, Possession of CDS Cocaine with intent to Distribute, Possession of CDS Cocaine with intent to Distribute within 1000 feet of a school zone, Possession of CDS Cocaine with intent to Distribute within 500 feet of a public park, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Marino was also issued motor vehicle summonses for Failure to Stop or Yield, Reckless Driving, and Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle.
He was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. He remains innocent until proven guilty.
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