Police: NJ man created black ice to mask DUI crash

Man poured water on a freezing road to try to fool officers into thinking the cause of his drunken car crash was black ice


Associated Press

SPARTA, N.J. — New Jersey police say a man poured water on a freezing road to try to fool officers into thinking the cause of his drunken car crash was black ice.

Twenty-year-old Bryan Byers, of Sparta, was arrested Saturday and charged with drunken driving and other offenses.

Bryan Byers. (Sparta Police Department Image)
Bryan Byers. (Sparta Police Department Image)

Authorities say he hit a guardrail after running a stop sign early that morning. Police say Byers and a friend then decided to dump water onto the road, causing it to ice over.

The friend, 20-year-old Alexander Zambenedetti, was also charged with drunken driving. Police say he wasn't wearing a shirt despite a wind chill of 15 below zero.

Byers could not be reached for comment. Zambenedetti didn't immediately return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press.

Both men are due in court Thursday.

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