Should illegals be allowed to be drinking & drive hit & runs personal injuries open containers of beer?
BRIDGETON — A teenage boy sustained hip injuries and a broken leg when he was struck by an alleged drunken driver’s van on Church Street Thursday night.
The alleged driver, whom police identified as a suspected illegal immigrant from Guatemala, was arrested after a witness to the Church Street hit-and-run crash detained him at Bank Street and Irving Avenue following a foot chase.
Share It was the second hit-and-run accident of the night for Jovany Mendez, 23, who had been living on Church Street, according to police.
Police initially were dispatched to Wendy’s on East Broad Street at 7:58 p.m. on a report that a large, blue passenger van backed into a car in the fast-food restaurant’s drive-thru lane and left the scene, Bridgeton Police Capt. Burl Kimble said.
While responding to the initial hit-and-run accident report, police were advised a van had crashed into several parked cars and a pedestrian on the 100 block of Church St.
The report indicated the pedestrian victim was “pinned” under the van, Kimble said.
Bridgeton Fire Department emergency medical personnel were treating the 17-year-old boy when police arrived. The boy was flown to Cooper University Hospital, in Camden, with a broken right femur and hip injuries, Bridgeton Police Lt. Jere Branch said.
While traveling north on Church Street at what one witness described as a high rate of speed, Mendez allegedly swerved through the southbound lane and crashed the Dodge Ram van into one vehicle, which caused a chain-reaction collision involving two other parked vehicles.
The witness told police the van then struck the juvenile victim, whom police only identified as an Amity Heights resident, before crashing into a fence in front of 110 Church St.
The teen victim was listed in stable condition at the Camden hospital today, Branch said.
Police charged Mendez with aggravated assault by automobile and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury. Bail was set at $50,000.
He was ticketed for drunken driving, driving while unlicensed, reckless driving and possessing open alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle.
As a suspected illegal immigrant, Mendez is being held without bail in Cumberland County Jail on a detainer issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Police say they found four empty beer cans in the front of the van allegedly driven by Mendez. The van displayed a Pennsylvania license plate and was registered to Mendez.
Mendez’s blood-alcohol content level was 0.22 percent, nearly three times New Jersey’s legal limit to drive (0.08 percent), police said.
- Anonymous10 years agoFavorite Answer
No way. And get this amnesty will bring families over too, so the 30 million could easily become close to 100 million. About a third of the population we have now.
Unintended consequences have a way of ruining a good day.
- JudithLv 44 years ago
Yes you could be if you get caught! Drinking and driving is illegal, drinking from a can of beer isn't illegal in itself while under the legal limit but, the law could interpret this act as driving without due care and attention. Now that's illegal!
- 10 years ago
To answer your confused question "No". That's why it's not only illegal for illegal immigrants to drink and drive but for EVERYONE ELSE TOO!!! Now that your question is answered, get a life.
- 10 years ago
Should they be allowed? No, and they aren't, just like citizens aren't allowed.
See, that whole "police charged" thing means that they aren't allowed, that it's illegal. Sometimes people do things that they aren't allowed to. Those things are called illegal.
Are you really that obtuse?
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- Anonymous10 years ago
Ok that was either a confused question or the longest run-on sentence in history.
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