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Hit-and-Run Suspect Faces DWI Charges

Police say East Rutherford woman struck a car in a West Caldwell parking lot and kept driving on Easter Sunday.

The following charges were reported by Fairfield Police and West Caldwell Police. The subject is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

An East Rutherford woman who allegedly kept driving after striking a car in a West Caldwell parking lot on Easter Sunday faces drunk driving charges.

Elaine Wisneski, 26, was arrested by Fairfield Police and charged with driving under the influence, driving under the influence in a school zone and other motor vehicle violations on Sunday, March 31.

About about 8 p.m., Fairfield Police Officer Gerald Veneziano heard a description of a driver believed to be involved in a hit-and-run in West Caldwell.

The victim, Kenneth Perkins, 48, of Caldwell, said Wisneski struck his 2008 Chevy Tahoe with her 2013 Jeep Wrangler in the parking lot of the Atrium Apartments at 585 Bloomfield Avenue, police officials from West Caldwell said.

No injuries were reported from the accident.

Perkins called 911 and followed Wisneski into Fairfield. He provided police with license plate numbers and a description of her car.

Officer Veneziano stopped Wisneski as she headed onto Route 46 East. The officer conducted field sobriety tests and through observation believed her to be under the influence of alcohol.

Once at police headquarters, Wisneski claimed she was a diabetic and was in need of medical care. She was transported to Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge where she later allegedly told police she did not have diabetes but said she did because she wanted to be taken to a hospital.

West Caldwell Police ticketed Wisneski for careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Wisneski was released from Fairfield Police custody at the hospital. She has an initial court appearance of Thursday, April 4.

 

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