Unlicensed and Intoxicated Driver Causes Accident; Eludes Police

On 5/13/20 at approximately 1840 hrs, the Riverside Township Police were investigating a motor vehicle accident along Taylor St in which a parked vehicle was struck and the driver fled the scene.   While officers were on location investigating the report, a witness to the accident observed the suspect vehicle drive by the scene.  A Riverside Township police officer entered a patrol vehicle and attempted to locate that vehicle.  The vehicle was located driving nearby and the officer attempted to stop the vehicle.  Once the officer initiated the overhead emergency lights, the suspect recklessly sped off.  The officer continued to pursue the vehicle while the suspect ignored the emergency lights and audible signals of the patrol car.  

The suspect vehicle eventually came to a stop several blocks away along Clay St.  The driver was  identified as Selvin Geovany Mejia Zuniga, 26 yrs, of Riverside, NJ.  He was found to be unlicensed, intoxicated and the operator of the motor vehicle that caused the motor vehicle accident minutes earlier.  Police also identified a juvenile female passenger in the vehicle.  No one was injured.  

Selvin Geovany Mejia Zuniga
As a result of the investigation, Mejia Zuniga was placed under arrest and charged with the following offenses: 

Eluding Police (3rd degree)
Obstructing the Administration of Law (Refusing to Submit to Identification Procedures) (DP)
Driving while Intoxicated
Driving while Unlicensed
Reckless Driving
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Failure to Report an Accident
Refusal to Consent to Taking Samples of Breath
Disregard Stop Sign

Mejia Zuniga was processed at the Riverside Township Police Department and lodged at the Burlington County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing.