Hoboken man, 24, charged with DWI in after hitting two parked cars, refusing to stop


A 24-year-old Hoboken man was charged with driving while intoxicated after hitting two parked cars and initially refusing police officers commands to stop, authorities said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Raffaelle Spadavecchia, 24, of Hoboken, was charged with DWI, DWI in a school zone, driving without a license, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to observe the directions of a police officer, the Hoboken PD said on their police blotter.

On February 17th at approximately 10:50 a.m., Police Officers Jesse Castellano and Frank Losurdo responded to a parking lot on the 300 block of Jackson St. on reports of a hit-and run.

The caller claimed he saw a man hit two parked cars and drive away without stopping first.

Police Officers Anthony Olivera, Nathaniel Arocho, and Roberto Cuevas located a car that fit the description of that vehicle and had heavy damage on the 200 block of Hudson Street. They identified the driver as Spadavecchia.

When Olivera engaged his lights and sirens, Spadavecchia first ignored the orders to stop, but eventually stopped on the 50 block of Washington Street, where he was ordered out
of the car.

He appeared to be under the influence and therefore Archilla arrived to conduct a field sobriety test, after which Spadavecchia was placed under arrest for DWI.

Spadavecchia was then taken to Hoboken Police Headquarters, where he was additionally charged with the aforementioned offenses. As per John’s law, he was released into the custody of a responsible party, police said.

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