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Ridgewood Doctor Charged with DWI Following Telephone Pole Crashes

Police claim 37-year-old Victor Melt-Campos crashed into a pole, fled the scene and was seriously injured after crashing into a second utility pole early Sunday morning.

A Ridgewood medical doctor is facing ten traffic citations – including drunk driving in a school zone – for allegedly striking a telephone pole and fleeing the scene before striking another pole just moments later.

Ridgewood police claim Victor Melt-Campos, 37, drove into a telephone pole at the intersection of Maple and Franklin Avenue at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Before waiting for authorities to arrive, police allege Melt-Campos sped up East Ridgewood Avenue in the oncoming lane where he struck another utility pole in front of Ridgewood High School.

Both airbags of the new Honda CRV deployed and the front of the vehicle was found on the sidewalk, crumpled. The force of the impact split the pole at its base and pushed it several feet. Police say Melt-Campos was the only occupant of the car.

Emergency workers and firefighters extricated the victim from the vehicle and rushed him to St. Joseph's trauma center in Paterson, authorities said.

Melt-Campos suffered a serious head injury in the accident, Ridgewood Police Cpt. Jacqueline Luthcke said, citing the police report. His current medical condition was not available.

Melt-Campos, whose online resume includes a stint as a research intern at Harvard Medical School, is the founder of Ridgewood-based iTelemedicine.

On his LinkedIn page, Melt-Campos describes the firm as "an independent nonprofit medical research organization oriented to the advocacy of the use of new technologies to transform medicine. iTelemedicine has the mission to lower health care costs through technology and innovation."

Among the citations issued to Melt-Campos were DWI in a school zone, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, unsafe lane change, speeding over a sidewalk, failure to keep right and careless driving.

He faces an upcoming date in Ridgewood Municipal Court.

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jp1 September 24, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Hopefully the judge will give a very heavy fine equal to damage done loss of driving privileges for 90 days and send him to AA meetings.
No One September 24, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Classy guy here.
Rose Boniello September 24, 2012 at 11:27 PM
What a pathetic example for a DOCTOR to set! I hope all his patients read about this and dump the guy! I sure would not want someone with marbles for brains and no self-control to take care of my medical issues!
Dorothy September 24, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Has anyone ever watched a Municiple court session? It ia all about pleading to a lesser charge or getting off scott free if you are know by "anyone". I am all for giving second chance but happens to a lesson learned -- how to beat the law and do it again.
Dorothy September 24, 2012 at 11:35 PM
It appears he does not practice medicine from what was stated in the article.
Ridgewooder September 25, 2012 at 01:44 AM
They should lock him up. FOREVER!!!111!!!!1!!1!eleventyeleven!!!
Catherine Elizabeth DeMaria September 25, 2012 at 01:56 AM
His traumatic brain injury IS punishement. Thank God no one else was hurt.....
Catherine Elizabeth DeMaria September 25, 2012 at 01:58 AM
To understand head injuries is to know he cannot attend a court hearing in the near future.....................When he heals, additional justice.....We are not God or the law.......
Mikka H September 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Pathetic example for a doctor to set? so, this guy is a doctor and I'm supposed to use him as an example?? Snookie is a poor example of a human being....being a doctor is an example of working for a large organization and following protocall and calling it medicine.
dara brown September 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM
I have to wonder how the 'school zone' charge applies @ 1:30AM....on a sunday!
D Taylor September 25, 2012 at 01:44 PM
He must have really hated those poles.
RdgwdGRock September 26, 2012 at 01:29 AM
he should have been charged with a hate crime for attacking Poles
Gregg September 27, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Court appearance for a person who has the money is a joke! You are so right, it's about talking to the prosecutor, (lawyer usually friends with) plea down and generate some revenue to the municipality! Slap on wrist, go make some more money and hit some more poles!!
SR res September 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Anyone who's been charged with a DUI in NJ faces the loss of their license, but the school zone charges after-hours are left to the discretion of the responding officers. By the way, how is it that he was charged with failure to report an accident? Seriously? That's a reach.
It's me September 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM
He failed to report the first accident because he was too busy hitting another pole
Mikka H October 02, 2012 at 10:42 AM
I think he need's a Doctor.......Really.....

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