Aiexpress – Detective Capt. Dan Daly said that Office Trevor Costabile noticed an erratic manner of operation by the GMC van while conducting a motor vehicle stop on Cedar Place on Sunday, Jan. 14, shortly before noon.
Costabile activated his emergency lights and siren as the driver made a turn onto Newark-Pompton Turnpike, causing the van’s wheels to spin, according to Daly.
The driver did not stop; instead, he turned onto Ryerson Avenue.
Wayne Township declared a state of emergency due to the flooding.
As the captain explained, the driver decided to navigate through different side streets before attempting to drive through the floodwaters on Dorsa Avenue. This action caused concern for a pedestrian who was nearby.
Costabile radioed ahead and members of the Wayne Police Marine Unit in the area followed the van. The van became disabled after it left the roadway and headed into the woods, according to Daly.
The residents provided the police with the name of the driver, Kreg Daviou, who is 34 years old and from Wayne. They informed the authorities that he had been driving recklessly in the flood zone earlier.
The officers proceeded to contact him through his cellphone.
The captain asked Daviou where he was, and Daviou replied that he was in Kinnelon.
Unbeknownst to him, Daly was unaware that Lt. Skylar Cauceglia could observe him conversing on the phone as he navigated through the waterlogged forest.
The officers quickly surrounded Daviou and apprehended him without any further trouble, according to his account.
According to Daly, Davious was charged with DWI after refusing to provide breath samples at headquarters. He had failed field sobriety tests.
After being charged with eluding, the police also issued summonses for DWI and reckless driving, and subsequently sent him to the Passaic County Jail.
Daviou, however, was later moved to the Bergen County Jail where a judge ordered his release on January 16th, in accordance with New Jersey’s 2017 bail reform law.