A man was charged with driving while intoxicated in Hoboken yesterday evening after hitting four parked cars and leaving the scene of the accident, police said.
John Limato, 24, of Morristown, was charged with DWI, reckless driving, possession of open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, and improper use of a cell phone in a moving vehicle, according to Police Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.
Yesterday at around 10:20 p.m., Police Officers Shelby Seickendick and Michael Aviles responded to a radio transmission of a vehicle that was being operated in the area of 9th and Adams Streets with a missing front driver’s side tire.
As they responded, they located damaged vehicles in the area of 8th and Grand Streets. They were then notified that the striking vehicle was seen traveling westbound from 8th and Adams Street.
As they traveled westbound, they observed dark tire marks and what appeared to be a gouge in the asphalt. They followed the marking in the roadway and located an unoccupied Jeep Liberty in the area of 4th and Jackson Streets with heavy damage.
They then learned the operator fled eastbound from 4th and Jackson Street. A description of the operator was provided and a man fitting that description was located in the area of 219 Jackson St. by Police Officers Bernardo Munoz and Frances McCourt.
An on-scene investigation led to identifying Limato as the operator of the Jeep Liberty. Sgt. Edward Sellick responded and conducted a field sobriety test. As a result of the test, Limato was placed under arrest for DWI.
At this time, it is believed that Limato had crashed into four vehicles. After being processed, Limato was released to a responsible party, authorities said.