- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

SPARTA, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man who police say poured water onto a freezing road to try to fool police officers into thinking the cause of his drunken car crash was black ice has pleaded not guilty.

The NJ Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1AXI9NS ) that 20-year-old Brian Byers, of Sparta, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct charges before Municipal Court Judge James Devine on Thursday.

Co-defendant Alexander Zambenedetti pleaded not guilty to driving while intoxicated, careless driving and failure to wear a seat belt.

Police say Byers hit a guardrail after running a stop sign in a BMW early Saturday morning. They say Zambenedetti showed up in his own car and they then dumped 5-gallon buckets of water onto the road to create black ice.

Police say it took a half-ton of salt to melt the ice and make the road passable.


Information from: The New Jersey Herald (Newton, N.J.), https://www.njherald.com

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