YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A drunken Route 4 hit-and-run driver with open rum and vodka bottles in his car crashed it again moments later, sending four people and himself to the hospital.
A black Infinity driven by 38-year-old Richard Ciccone struck a red SUV “several times” near Jones Road in Englewood and then sped west around 9:15 last night, Bergen County Police Capt. James Mullin said tonight.
Moments later, Ciccone lost control of the car, which struck and toppled a utility pole near Decatur Avenue that fell on a Honda Civic, he said.
Inside the SUV were a 40-year-old Bronx woman and her 9-year-old daughter. They were taken to Englewood Medical Center, the captain said.
Inside the Civic were a 70-year-old Fort Lee man and his wife, 64. They were taken to Holy Name Medical Center, he said.
None of the injuries sustained in this crash were considered life threatening,
BCPD officers “immediately detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage” on the breath of Ciccone, who “appeared to be highly impaired,” Mullin said.
Officers also located suspected marijuana and the open alcohol bottles in the Infiniti, he said.
Ciccone was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center in BCPD custody.
Route 4 was closed in both directions for several hours overnight. As of this afternoon, the right lane of Rt. 4 west remained closed as PSEG crews continued repairs.
Ciccone was being held on $30,000 bail at HUMC in the custody of the Bergen County sheriff.
Although his last known address is in Flanders, Mullin said Ciccone apparently had been staying with his girlfriend in New Milford.
He is charged with four counts of assault by auto, one of being under the influence of marijuana and one of possession of marijuana.
Police also issued Ciccone summonses for:
Leaving the scene of an accident with injuries
Driving while intoxicated
Open alcohol containers in motor vehicle
Consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle
Driving while suspended
Possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle