Police: Bayonne woman charged with DWI after 2 St. Paddy’s Day car crashes


A Bayonne woman was charged with driving under the influence after getting into two car accidents, hitting two parked cars and a light pole in the latter instance, on St. Patrick’s Day last week, police said. Bayonne police

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Esmeralda Zielinski, 35, of Bayonne, was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, driving while suspended, careless driving, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle (Oxycodone and Zolpidem) and burglary/theft, according to Police Capt. Janine Foy.

On Thursday March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, Zielinski was involved in a car crash near the intersection of 44th Street and Broadway at around 5:56 a.m., where she struck two parked cars and a light pole, police said.

As a result of the accident, The Bayonne Fire Department was needed to extricate Zielinski from her vehicle, officials said.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that Zielinski was involved in another car accident near the intersection of Avenue E and 22nd Street at about 4:35 a.m., where she fled the scene, authorities said.

The driver of the Ford F150 that was struck was able to provide a description and license plate number that matched up with Zielinski’s, police said. The victim was not injured as a result of the accident.

Furthermore, Zielinski was identified as the woman who broke into an unnamed location on West 2nd Street between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m., officials said.

Foy further clarified with Hudson County View. that police are awaiting toxicology results to determine exactly what Zielinski was under the influence of during the time of car accidents.

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