KPD: Man with 6 warrants who drove recklessly without a license is released after processing

On Feb. 16, at quarter past 7 p.m., Officer Anthony  Oliveira was patrolling near Fish House Road in South Kearny when he observed a Pennsylvania-registered Infiniti G50 driving against the flow of traffic, in order to pass slow-moving traffic, which had backed up due to a train moving across the roadway.

Other motorists patiently waited in said traffic, clearly not realizing the driver of the Infiniti was much more important than them and was therefore entitled to skip ahead.

Officer Oliveira pulled over and them made contact with the driver, Xavier T. Villaruel, 25, of Orange, and then quickly learned Villaruel’s driving privileges were suspended.

To make matters worse, six warrants were outstanding for Villaruel’s arrest. He was arrested (briefly anyway). A licensed driver took custody of the vehicle.

At KPD HQ, Officer Oliveira issued traffic summonses for driving after DL suspended, reckless driving, and improper passing. And then, despite endangering the lives of many motorists, having had six active warrants and three new traffic summonses, Villaruel was released from custody, as all involved courts simply provided new court dates.

Editor’s note: Police say whether he shows up for his Union Township, Roseland, Newark or Kearny court dates is anyone’s guess, but the State of New Jersey certainly isn’t incentivizing anyone to appear at their court dates with this system. Additionally, there were 20 total arrests in the past week.

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Det. Sgt. Michal Gontarczuk | Kearny Police Department