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Police: Little Ferry DPW Workers Use Truck To Stop Sleeping Stoner's Wrong-Way Car

William Christmas
William Christmas Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy LITTLE FERRY PD

Two quick-moving Little Ferry DPW workers used their truck to stop a car driven by a borough man who passed out on his way to work after getting stoned Monday morning, authorities said.

Scott Karavitis and Michael Mickendrow spotted the red 2002 Acura driven by William Christmas, 38, heading north on Bergen Turnpike in the southbound lane at 8:40 a.m., Detective Sgt. Ronald M. Klein Jr. said.

Mickendrow quickly maneuvered their truck in front of the Acura, which rear-ended it and came to a stop, Klein said.

"He wasn't going very fast," the sergeant said, "but the crash did a significant amount of damage to his car."

The workers then broke a window to shut the car off and revive Christmas, who refused medical treatment, he said.

Klein said Christmas, an electrician’s assistant with a history of petty offenses, later admitted smoking pot before heading to work.

He was sent to the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing on DUI and drug possession charges, the sergeant said.

The arresting officers included Officer Max Katzner, who is still in field training after joining the force just last month. With him were Sgt. Frank Sciacca and Officers Jennifer Ali and Angelo Ratto.

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