A Jersey City man who appeared to be intoxicated admitted to smashing a window to get inside a truck he thought was his, for Bayonne police to later discover a BMW registered to him was involved in a hit-and-run earlier in the day, authorities said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Antonio Batista, 39, of Jersey City, was charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespass on Sunday at 3:22 a.m., according to Police Capt. Janine Foy.
Batista was found inside a white Toyota Tundra pick up truck, which had the driver’s side window broken, parked in front of 44 Hook Rd., police said.
The man was found in an intoxicated state, admitting that he broke the window to get inside the vehicle, but also under the impression it was his truck, officials said, adding that records indicted the vehicle was not his.
Two hours prior, at approximately 1:25 a.m., a hit-and-run was reported on Route 440 near East 22nd Street, authorities said.
Specifically, a silver BMW allegedly struck a motorcyclist, a 25-year-old male from Bayonne, and the three passengers of the car fled the vehicle on foot, police said.
The motorcyclist was treated for a possible fractured arm at Bayonne Medical Center-Barnabas Health, and upon further investigation, it was discovered that the BMW was registered in Batista’s name, officials said.
The incident still currently remains under investigation.