Police Beat

Compiled by Marilyn Baer

Parking ‘crunch’ leads to capture of alleged drunk driver

Carteret resident Albert Vallejos, 32, was arrested on Sunday Sept. 10 at 1:30 a.m. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, refusal to submit to a Breathalyzer, and failure to exhibit insurance.
Detective Anthony Olivera and officer Luis Rodriguez were patrolling the area of Newark Street when they heard a loud “cracking noise.” They observed a vehicle pull out of a parking spot. The officers approached the vehicle and ordered the driver, Vallejos, to stop, which he allegedly ignored. A description of the car was given to all units and the car was stopped a short distance away.
The officers approached the 2017 black Chevrolet and ordered Vallejos to show them the vehicle’s documentation. As the driver produced the documents the officers observed him to allegedly have glassy eyes and slurred speech. An on-scene field sobriety test was conducted by Officer Brandon Fitzgibbon, which the driver allegedly failed. He was placed under arrest and transported to Hoboken Police Headquarters for processing.
Vallejos allegedly refused to provide a breath sample and was additionally charged with that refusal. He was given motor vehicle summonses for the violations and later released to a responsible party.

Allegedly had baby formula…and possible crack pipe

On Friday Sept. 8 Jersey City resident Jose Blanco-Jorge, age 55, was arrested at 9:21 p.m. He was charged with shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Officers Nicklas Valerius and Roary Miller responded to a local grocery store on the report of someone allegedly shoplifting. The suspected individual was being held by loss prevention. The loss prevention officers said he observed Blanco-Jorge allegedly take five Enfamil Premium instant Formula boxes off the shelf and hide them inside a duffel bag he was using. The loss prevention officer also said he saw Blanco-Jorge walk to the cashier to pay for other items but not the ones allegedly in his duffle bag.
The officers placed him under arrest and searched him. During their search they found a clear glass pipe commonly used for smoking crack cocaine, according to a release. He was transported to headquarters for processing. The defendant was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. The total value of the times allegedly taken was $195.

Homeless man arrested for bail jumping from Hoboken

Homeless individual Thomas Bellotti, age 33, was arrested for bail jumping on Sunday Sept. 10 at 12:07 a.m.
Officers from NJ State Park Police stopped the defendant in the marina when it was closed for the evening. A check found him to have an outstanding warrant from Hoboken. He was transported to the jurisdiction of the Hoboken police. He was processed and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Marilyn Baer can be reached at marilynb@hudsonreporter.com.