Sparta, NJ (Daily Record) -- A woman wearing only an unzipped jacket was
charged with driving while intoxicated after she allegedly crashed into
a stone wall and fled the scene, police in New Jersey said.
resident of Grove Terrace in the Lake Mohawk section of the township
contacted police at 12:53 a.m. Friday to report that a white
Volkswagen Jetta had just crashed into a stone retaining wall on her
property and then fled the scene, according to Sgt. John-Paul Beebe.
Joseph Pensado, who was in the area on routine patrol, saw the vehicle a
short time later on West Shore Trail so he conducted a motor vehicle
near freezing temperatures, the officer was surprised to find that the driver, 36-year-old Catherine Giaquinto of Warwick, N.Y., was only wearing an
unzipped leather jacket, Beebe said.
spoke to Giaquinto and suspected she was under the influence of
alcohol. When asked why she was driving in the nude, Giaquinto denied
being completely naked, Beebe said.
officer observed fresh damage to the left front fender, driver's side
door and the rear left passenger's door which was consistent with the
damaged retaining wall.
speech was badly slurred and mostly unintelligible. She could not
remember if she had been involved in an accident and did not know where
she was going, Beebe said.
officer observed a dress and other articles of clothing in plain view
on the rear passenger seat of the vehicle. He retrieved these items and
directed Giaquinto to get dressed. It took approximately 10 minutes for
Giaquinto to put her clothes on and when she was done, the officer noted
that she had put her dress on inside out and backwards, Beebe said.
Giaquinto was dressed, she was then directed to exit her motor vehicle
to attempt to perform a series of field sobriety tests. Due to her high
level of intoxication, Giaquinto could not maintain her balance by
simply standing still and listening to the officer's instructions, Beebe
were terminated by the officer a short time later for Giaquinto's own
safety. She was placed under arrest and transported to police
headquarters for processing and breath testing, Beebe said.
processing, Giaquinto became argumentative and disorderly. She was
subsequently charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit
to breath testing, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report
an accident, careless driving, failure to wear a seatbelt and a
She was released several hours later to a sober adult and her vehicle was impounded.
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