• Gabriel Donio

Accident leads to DUI

Man charged after single-vehicle crash on N. Third St.


Man charged after single-vehicle crash on N. Third St. (Courtesy Photo)

HAMMONTON—A man who was trapped in his car following a single-vehicle car crash on the 500 block of N. Third Street at 7:56 p.m. on May 26 was later charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI), Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said.


Friel said Jesus Mendez, 46, of Winslow Twp. was transported to Virtua for treatment of his injuries.


“It was a single-vehicle accident. The vehicle ran off the roadway with entrapment,” Friel said.


Mendez was issued the following motor vehicle violations: Driving while under the influence, unlicensed driver, driving while suspended, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to maintain lane of travel, open container of alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and seatbelts required, Friel said.


Friel said officer Kyle Ambrozaitis was the arresting and charging officer.


In other police news, the following arrests were made last week according to Friel.


• On May 25 at 12:26 p.m. a motor vehicle crash became a controlled dangerous substance (cds) arrest, Friel said.


Police were called to the intersection of Twelfth and Lincoln Streets regarding a motor vehicle accident, Friel said.


One of the vehicles was driven by Ethan Dressell, 37, of Mount Holly, Friel said, adding that an officer observed a hypodermic needle in the area of the stereo of the vehicle.


Dressell was placed under arrest, brought to police headquarters for processing and found to be in possession of five wax folds believed to be heroin, Friel said.


He was processed and charged with the following: possession of cds heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia and was released pending a court appearance on the drug charge, Friel said. Dressell was also charged with the following motor vehicle offenses: careless driving, driving while suspended and driver’s license required, Friel said.


Friel said Officer Christopher Henshaw was the arresting and charging officer.


• On May 26 at 7:23 a.m., police received a “check well-being” call on the 500 block of S. Egg Harbor Road, Friel said.


“There was a subject sleeping on the grass in front of the National Guard Armory,” Friel said.


Christoph Gigliotti, 51, of Mays Landing was found to have an outstanding warrant from Cape May County for $5,000, Friel said.


He was placed under arrest, transported to the Hammonton Police Department for processing, posted 10 percent bail and was given a new court date, Friel said.


Officer Renzo Mendoza was the arresting and charging officer, Friel said.


• On May 28 at 9:26 p.m., police received an erratic driver call about a vehicle on S. White Horse Pike (Route 30), Friel said.


Officer John Amendolia III attempted to stop a vehicle for lamps required, failing to maintain a lane of travel and no rear license plate visible, Friel said.


Friel said the subject pulled to the side three times and failed to stop along the White Horse Pike.


“The fourth time was the charm in Mullica Twp.,” Friel said.


Friel said Amendolia was able to speak with the driver, Avtar Singh, 63, of Galloway Twp.

Singh was placed under arrest for attempting to elude police and transported to police headquarters for processing, Friel said. He was also charged with the following motor vehicle summonses: improper display of license plate, lamps required, failing to maintain lane of travel, reckless driving, delaying traffic and failing to stop and yield to emergency vehicle, Friel said.


Singh was processed and released pending court appearances in both Atlantic County Superior Court and Hammonton Joint Municipal Court, Friel said.


Amendolia was the arresting and charging officer, Friel said.