Man arrested after hit-and-run, crashing car into Newark business

IRONBOUND DISTRICT, Newark — A man was arrested Saturday night after he crashed his car into a business in the Ironbound District section of Newark 30 minutes after he left the scene of a hit-and-run collision.

Hakeem Gayle, 22, allegedly drove his car into the doorway of a business located at 98 Elm Rd. after leaving a hit-and-run crash near South Street and McCarter Highway.

Gayle has been charged with theft, driving while intoxicated, possession of CDS marijuana, criminal mischief and contempt, police said.

Police responded to 98 Elm Rd. around 10 p.m. Saturday after they received reports that a car had crashed through the front doorway.

When the business owner took photos of the scene with his cell phone, Gayle allegedly grabbed the phone and ran off with it, police said. Bystanders stopped Gayle and held him until police arrived.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash through the business’s doorway.

About 30 minutes earlier, Gayle was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run crash at South Street and McCarter Highway. Two other cars were involved and the victims told police Gayle left the scene before police arrived.

Gayle allegedly had CDS marijuana in his possession at the time of arrest. His passenger, Juan Fonrose, was also arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and contempt, police said.