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Hudson County Sheriff Makes 15 Arrests in Latest Warrants Sweep

A West New York woman wanted in connection with the alleged theft of $40,000 in E-ZPass use by Crown Transportation was arrested Monday in a warrant sweep that netted 15 Hudson County residents, officials said yesterday.

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05.30.12  •  Via The Jersey Journal  •  By John Heinis  •  Category: News Article

Hudson County Sheriff's Officers Recognize, and Arrest, Hit-Run Suspect Near Crash Scene the Day After

Sharp-eyed Hudson County Sheriff’s officers caught a suspected hit-and-run driver Tuesday after the Bayonne man returned near the scene to have his car towed, officials said yesterday.

Andres Palacios, 37, was southbound on Route 1&9 in Jersey City around 4 a.m. Monday when his vehicle struck a car at the intersection of Route 1&9 and Newark Avenue, officials said.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 55-year-old New York man, was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center to be treated for arm, back and leg injuries, police said.

Palacios fled the scene, but Hudson County sheriff’s officers nearby were able to get the car’s license plate, reports said.

After failing to locate Palacios by visiting his home and calling his cellphone, sheriff’s officers returned to the scene Tuesday to review surveillance footage from a camera at a nearby gas station, Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari said.

As officers were reviewing the footage around 2 p.m., they saw a car with heavy front-end damage, which fit the description of Palacios’ vehicle, that was being towed.

They stopped the tow truck and confirmed it was Palacios’ vehicle, Schillari said.

At that point, Palacios, who was inside the tow truck, turned himself in, indicating he had parked the car about 1 blocks from where the hit-and-run occurred and was in the process of having it towed to a family member’s house, Schillari said.

He was charged with assault by an automobile, hindering apprehension, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident, officials said.