Drunken Teen Crashed Car, Tried Fighting Cops, Police Say
Hopatcong resident fled the scene after smashing into a telephone pole, police report.
A Hopatcong teen crashed into a telephone pole, left the scene, and subsequently tried fighting police before being arrested, Hopatcong Lt. Thomas Kmetz said.
Patrol responded to the area of Broadway and Brown Trail at noon Monday where a vehicle hit a telephone pole and left the scene, Kmetz said. Officer Gerald Mancuso found a piece of a bumper and a front headlight at the scene, Kmetz said.
Mancuso patrolled back roads for an hour before finding a match of the vehicle on Tulsa Trail, Kmetz said. Mancuso began speaking with the homeowner, who said his son, Joshua Alfaro, 19, had the vehicle out earlier that day, Kmetz said.
Mancuso then tried speaking with Joshua Alfaro, but the teen was highly intoxicated and could not talk to the officer, at which time the officer left to complete the investigation, Kmetz said.
Three hours later, patrol was called to respond to the Alfaro home for a complaint of a disturbance, Kmetz said. When police arrived, they saw Joshua Alfaro had an injury to his hand, Kmetz said.
While patrols tried speaking with the teen, he took his watch off and wrapped it around his wrist to use in the manner of brass knuckles, and then stood in a fighting stance, Kmetz said.
Sgt. Joseph Magrini then took Alfaro to the ground, and he refused to give his hands to police for arresting, Kmetz said. He was finally subdued and taken to headquarters, where he was held until the “effects of alcohol lessened,” Kmetz said.
Alfaro was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving, hindering and resisting arrest.
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