WAYNE, N.J. -- An intoxicated Wayne man had just crashed two stolen cars and was soaking wet, bleeding from the head, when a township police officer caught him riding a stolen bicycle, authorities said Tuesday.
Michael J Giaquinto, 25, told the officer that he was planning on “going down the shore” and grabbed the bicycle from someone's backyard after the second crash just after 5 a.m. Sunday, Capt. Laurence Martin said.
He'd also crashed another vehicle he was trying to steal into a parked car and bailed out, the captain said.
GIaqunto was carrying head phones, cell phones, $35 in loose change, I-Pod adapters for Audi vehicles and a marijuana smoking pipe -- just about all of which apparently had been taken from parked vehicles in the complex and elsewhere -- when Officer Anthony Bailey caught him around 7 a.m., Martin said.
Hoppe was responding to a call from a resident who heard a noise outside and found three the doors to all three of his vehicles burglarized, the captain said.
Giaquinto had two large cuts on his forehead when Bailey grabbed him on Laauwe Avenue, Martin said.
He also had "a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath," he said.
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Giaquinto, who was taken to police headquarters after being examined by the Wayne First Aid Squad, later registered 0.12 on a blood-alcohol test -- one and a half times the legal limit, Martin said.
He was charged with two counts of stolen auto, fleeing the scene of two accidents, more than five burglaries to vehicles and receiving stolen property.
New Jersey's 2017 bail reform law would have required Giaquinto to be released, Martin noted, but the circumstances prompted police to contact the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office, which produced a criminal warrant.
He remained held in the Passaic County Jail pending a bail hearing.