Mount Olive, NJ — Vincent Pasquarello, 19, has racked up a myriad of charges after a (hopefully) out-of-the-ordinary night. Police first became interested in Pasquarello after they were called by a diner in response to Pasquarello allegedly using a fake credit card to pay a $17.50 bill for a meal he had shared with his female companion. Police said that the couple told the diner staff that they were going outside to get money from their car – but then drove off.
Staff at the diner reported a description of the vehicle the fled in and reported it to police. A patrol officer saw a car matching the description and pulled it over. Police said that the officer identified the driver as the suspect from the diner. The officer also reportedly noted a “heavy odor of alcoholic beverages” and asked the driver to step out of the vehicle.
Police said that the driver, Pasquarello, shifted the car into drive and quickly accelerated from the scene. The patrol officer attempted to grab Pasquarello from the vehicle as he accelerated and had to free himself as the car drove off, police said.
Pasquarello reportedly drove his vehicle down the road at a high rate of speed before crashing it into a nearby restaurant. He then jumped from the vehicle – leaving his injured 17-year-old female passenger who was trapped inside of the vehicle – and fled on foot. Patrol officers arriving on the scene administered first aid to the female victim while other patrol officers attempted to locate Pasquarello.
As paramedics extracted the girl from the wreckage, officers established that Pasquarello was hiding in a nearby home. Officers who went to the home, spoke to Cody Wagner, 21, who said that Pasquarello was not there. Police say that, moments later, Pasquarello ran from a rear door of the residence.
The patrol officer who almost got dragged by Pasquarello’s car grabbed Pasquarello. Pasquarello reportedly started to punch and kick the patrol officer and other arresting officers before he was ‘subdued.’ Pasquarello was then transported to the same hospital as his young-lady-friend.
Pasquarello was charged with second-degree eluding police, third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, third-degree leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash with injuries, third-degree assault by automobile, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, theft of services, underage possession of alcohol, driving while intoxicated, failure to stop at a stop sign, reckless driving, careless driving, leaving the scene of a crash and making an improper turn, and being a dumbass. Hey… I can levy charges too.
After receiving medical treatment at the hospital, Pasquarello was placed in the Morris County jail on $50,000 bail.Tags: dine-and-dash, DUI, New Jersey, Vincent Pasquarello