SALEM — A man’s love for his dog led to jail early yesterday.
Police responded to an accident on Jefferson Avenue, which was logged at 1:11 a.m., that required two cars to be towed away. A dog was left behind in one of them, and police took charge of it. One driver, said by police to be Ericson Ismael Almonte, 21, of 8 Clifton Ave., Salem, fled the scene.
A few hours later, a man identified as Giovanni Roldan arrived at the police station via a taxi, hoping to claim the dog.
“While speaking to Roldan, Officer (Roberson) Troncoso noticed the taxi waiting in the lot outside. He approached the taxi and noticed Almonte sitting in the backseat.”
Troncoso placed Almonte under arrest on charges of driving with a suspended license; leaving the scene of property damage, marked lane violations and being a habitual traffic offender. He was also wanted on three outstanding warrants. A second person will be summonsed for allowing Almonte to drive.
No injuries were listed. Officer Michael Ball also responded.