PARSIPPANY —Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Patrol Officer Jaime Mendez was observing traffic on Littleton Road when a 2017 Ford Explorer drove past him with two flat tires on the passenger side, at 1:04 a.m. on Monday, September 17.
He conducted a motor vehicle stop on the Explorer and made contact with the driver, Giuseppe Cappellini, 53, Whippany.
Officer Mendez inquired if the vehicle was involved in a motor vehicle crash, but received no response. Other officers checked the area and were able to locate a crash site on Littleton Road near Park Road where a vehicle drove off the roadway. After a brief investigation he was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. He was transported to police headquarters for processing. While there he was charged with Driving While Intoxicated; Reckless Driving; Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Failure to Report an Accident.
He was released on his own recognizance pending his court date.
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