Drunk Driver Careened Into White Picket Fence, Police Claim

No injuries were reported in the New Year's Day crash on the corner of Woodside Avenue in Ridgewood.

A Ridgewood man whose pickup truck took out a white picket fence Tuesday afternoon is facing drunk driving charges.

Reinaldo Melendez, 35, was intoxicated when he failed to navigate the right turn from Woodside Avenue onto Leonard Place and crashed into a resident's fence at about 4:15 p.m., Ridgewood police Sgt. Peter Bolten said.

No injuries were reported in the single vehicle accident. The fence sustained considerable damage. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

Melendez was charged with DWI, careless driving and operating a vehicle without a driver's license. He faces an upcoming appearance at Ridgewood Municipal Court.

Mikka H January 02, 2013 at 04:10 PM
WTF ? No drivers license? is he in the country legally? tell me what you think when you look at the pictures....
Raul January 02, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Maybe we can make a new year's resolution to resist drawing conclusions strictly on appearances and our prejudices.
James Kleimann January 02, 2013 at 07:36 PM
He is, according to police, a legal resident of the United States, with as many constitutional rights as you or I have.
RidgewoodResident January 02, 2013 at 08:44 PM
However, based on his actions, I will conclude that he is an irresponsible moron.
Ridgewooder January 03, 2013 at 02:13 AM
He should go to jail for a very long time.
Fan of Ridgewood January 03, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Yes, let's watch our assumptions. I assumed he was a member of Congress.
Fan of Ridgewood January 03, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Mikka didnt draw a conclusion, she/he asked a question. He appears to be hispanic, wearing field clothes and he has no license. The largest group of illegal aliens fit this description. It's a reasonable question. How about for new year's we dont allow political correctness get in the way of honest inquires.
Elizabeth Cox January 04, 2013 at 10:03 PM
no, quick to judgement is what happened here- in the country legally? how rude are you! why don't you post your picture so we can rush to judgement about you!
Fan of Ridgewood January 06, 2013 at 05:32 PM
rb - Please show me exactly where Mikka made a judgement. You can see my picture when i commit a string of felonies.
Mikka H January 06, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Because he's not a member of outer white landia, a la Ridgewood.....double standard don't ya know....and why should I post my picture rb? I'm not the one whom ran over a defenseless fence...omg that was funny....anyway, it is what it is....and bye the bye i'm a he not a she......sheesh....


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