SPARTA, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Two New Jersey men have been arrested after police said one of them tried to cover up a drunken hit-and-run crash by making it look like black ice caused the accident.
Sparta police arrested Brian Byers and Alexander Zambenedetti early Saturday morning.
Hours earlier, police said Byers fled the scene after blowing through a stop sign and hitting a guard rail at the intersection of Sawmill Road and Woodport Road.
Zambenedetti later drove Byers back to the scene in his car where Byers then allegedly poured water all over the intersection, creating dangerous black ice, police said.
An officer patrolling in the area spotted Byers walking in the middle of Sawmill Road and found Zambenedetti sitting in his car with two, five gallon plastic buckets visible in the back seat with some water still inside, police said.
“I’ve never seen anything like this and I’ve been here 21 years,” Sgt. John Lamon, Sparta PD, told CBS2’s Lou Young.
Investigators said they later determined that men were going to report that the accident was caused by the black ice and not because Byers was under the influence of alcohol.