NEWARK, NJ - Hakeem O. Gayle of Maplewood was arrested on Saturday, October 22, after crashing his vehicle through the door of a Newark business while driving drunk, according to a statement from the Newark Department of Public Safety.
At about 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, officers responded to a business at 98 Elm Road in Newark on a call of a motor vehicle crash. Gayle, age 22, had driven his vehicle, a silver 2009 Chevrolet Impala, through the doorway of the business at the location, according to Newark Public Safety.
When the business owner, age 59, used his cell phone to photograph the scene, Gayle took the cell phone from him and fled on foot. "Concerned citizens apprehended Gayle and held him for police," stated Newark Public Safety.
Prior to crashing at the 98 Elm Road site, Gayle’s vehicle had been involved minutes earlier in a crash at South Street and McCarter Highway. That incident involved two other vehicles and was reported by victims as a hit and run, as Gayle’s vehicle fled the scene before police arrived, according to Newark Public Safety.
Gayle was arrested without incident at 98 Elm Street. He was found to be in possession of suspected CDS marijuana, and charged with Theft, Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of CDS, Criminal Mischief and Contempt. His passenger, Juan S. Fonrose, 20, of East Orange, was also arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Contempt.