On January 3, Kevin Wright of Hazlet turned himself into Weehawken police for his alleged involvement in a motor vehicle accident on Willow Avenue on New Year's Eve. He allegedly fled the scene after the crash, leaving a pregnant woman injured, and allegedly got into a physical altercation with the driver of the car that Wright struck.
According to Weehawken Deputy Police Chief Thomas McGorty, the 32-year-old Wright was driving a 2000 Audi at 12:45 a.m. and allegedly crossed over into the oncoming traffic, striking a 2003 Acura Integra that was occupied by a New York couple.
"It was almost a complete head-on collision," McGorty said.
According to McGorty, Wright then got out of the car and allegedly took off on foot after the collision.
"The driver of the other car took off after him," McGorty said.
An off-duty Hoboken firefighter witnessed the accident and cared for the pregnant woman in the vehicle until police and emergency medical personnel arrived.
The driver finally caught Wright at 18th Street, where they allegedly got into a physical confrontation.
"In the altercation, the victim somehow got the guy's wallet, which contained his identification," McGorty said. "The driver of the Audi then pulled a knife, which caused the driver of the Integra to back off."
According to police, Wright then allegedly fled the scene, but his identification, which matched the registration of the Audi, was in the hands of Weehawken police.
Three days later, Wright surrendered himself to Weehawken police in the company of an attorney. He was charged with aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident that had bodily injury. He was released on $1,500 bail and is awaiting trial.
Leaving the scene
On New Year's Day, Edwin Mercado of New York was arrested at 28th Street and Palisades Avenue and charged with driving while impaired. Mercado allegedly struck a vehicle and fled the scene. He was apprehended by Union City police and charged with DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.
New Year's Eve joyride
On New Year's Eve, a 17-year-old resident of Weehawken was arrested after allegedly leading Weehawken police on a pursuit through both Weehawken and Union City. According to Weehawken Deputy Police Chief Thomas McGorty, The juvenile was first spotted on Edgar Street in Weehawken after the white van he was allegedly driving struck a few vehicles. When Weehawken police tried to stop him, he took off, just narrowly missing striking a few Weehawken police officers in the process. Police followed the vehicle to Union City.
The teen ended up on 37th Street in Union City, where he allegedly struck a few more parked vehicles. As he tried to elude police, he ended up striking a building, according to police.
The vehicle was reported stolen out of Lyndhurst, police said.
The teen, whose identity cannot be revealed, was charged with driving while impaired, alluding police, aggravated assault on the police and possession of a stolen vehicle. He was released to the custody of his parents.
Criminal mischief On Dec. 30, Mark Anthony Roman of West New York was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and harassment of his former girlfriend. Roman allegedly climbed on the fire escape of the girlfriend's Park Avenue home and broke the window to her apartment. She called the police and Roman was apprehended leaving the scene.
According to police, because the suspect had a list of prior arrest warrants, Roman was transported to the Hudson County Jail in Kearny.
At 12 midnight on Christmas morning, Anthony Medina of Miami was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, believed to be cocaine. According to police, Medina was spotted at the corner of Highwood Avenue and Park Avenue smoking a marijuana cigarette by Weehawken police. The police said that when they searched Medina, they found two small bags of a white substance, believed to be cocaine, allegedly in his possession. Medina was then brought into custody.
Domestic Christmas Eve squabbles
At 5:24 p.m. on Christmas Eve, David Vasquez of Highpoint Avenue was arrested after he allegedly assaulted his wife and 14-year-old son. Police were called to the scene and found Vasquez, who was charged with assault and resisting arrest.
That same evening, a homeless man named Charles Schmidt was arrested and charged with allegedly assaulting his ex-wife at her Maple Street address.
Driving while impaired
According to police, on Dec. 23, at the corner of Park Avenue and 46th Street, Weehawken resident Danilo Mejicanos was arrested and charged with operating a 1999 Mercury Cougar while under the influence. Mejicanos was stopped after he allegedly crossed over the double yellow line and struck a Honda on the opposite side of the street.
Burglar caught with tools On Dec. 21, Weehawken police arrested Weehawken resident Manuel Moreno and charged him with possession of burglary tools. According to police, that evening, Weehawken police observed Moreno driving around and checking out cars. When police approached Moreno, he had a sock filled with marbles, which is generally used to break windows of vehicles in an attempt to steal, police said.
The arrest took place on Fulton Street, near where a rash of car thefts has taken place.
Lottery ticket thief
On Dec. 20, Weehawken police apprehended Andre Johnson of Jersey City, after Johnson was spotted at the Speed Wash Laundromat in the Pathmark Tower Plaza shopping center. According to police, the manager of the Laundromat identified Johnson to police as the man who allegedly took nearly $200 worth of New Jersey scratch-off lottery tickets from the facility two days prior.
On Dec. 19, Oscar Tapa of Weehawken was arrested and charged with harassment under the domestic violence act. According to Weehawken Deputy Police Chief Thomas McGorty, Tapa allegedly went to the home of a former girlfriend on Parkview Terrace for a second time that evening, after he was first warned to leave her alone. After Tapa left the scene, he allegedly returned and continued the harassment, which led to his arrest.
Smoking in the car outside
On Dec. 19, Weehawken police responded to a call that two young men were breaking into cars and smoking pot in the cars. Police arrived at the Maple Street location and found two men, Jonathan Matias, 19, and Joshua Rozier, 20, both of Weehawken, in a car that police said smelled like marijuana. The two men were arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance (marijuana). It turned out that the car they were sitting in was owned by a family member, police said.
On Dec. 18, Weehawken police arrested William Castro of Cooper Place after police witnessed Castro allegedly making a hand-to-hand exchange with someone on the corner of Cooper and Park Avenue. According to police, when police saw the exchange, they arrested Castro and he was found to allegedly have a pipe used to smoke crack cocaine. Castro was arrested and charged with possession of paraphernalia to use a controlled substance.