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Police: High Driver with Infant Daughter in Car Flees Mahwah Crash

Man was driving under the influence of marijuana and cold medicine with his two-and-a-half month old in the car when he crashed on Franklin Turnpike Tuesday, police say.

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A man living in Mahwah was arrested in the township after allegedly driving under the influence of marijuana with an infant in the car when he got into a hit-and-run accident Tuesday morning, Mahwah Police Chief Jim Batelli said Tuesday afternoon.

According to Batelli, Michael Delaney, 32, was driving his Jeep north on Franklin Turnpike at about 10:17 a.m. Tuesday when he hit a car stopped at the Bellgrove Drive intersection stop sign. Delaney fled the scene of the accident, but stopped nearby on Armour Road, police said.

Delaney admitted to responding police officer Thomas Solimano that he had smoked marijuana and consumed a “large amount of over-the-counter cold medicine” Tuesday morning before driving, Batelli said.

The man’s two-and-a-half month old infant daughter was sitting in the back of the car at the time of the accident, Batelli said.

According to cops, Delaney is originally from Levittown, N.Y., but has been living in Mahwah with his fiancé.

He was arrested and charged with driving while under the influence of narcotics, DWI with a minor in the car, driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, and being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, a criminal complaint, Batelli said.

Police say this is Delaney’s second DWI arrest.

According to cops, the infant was released to a family member and child protective services were notified.

Delaney is expected to answer the charges in Mahwah Municipal Court on Feb. 18. 

Mahwah Resident February 11, 2014 at 04:36 PM
Can someone please pay for this genius to get a vasectomy ? Maybe we can have a fundraiser for this?
Jimmy O February 11, 2014 at 04:41 PM
Very sad.
Regenbogen February 11, 2014 at 05:10 PM
There was an incident last week of a 25-year-old Mahwah woman who was involved in an auto accident with an open bottle of wine in the car yet her name was never given. Who decides on publishing names?
Rocky February 11, 2014 at 11:13 PM
You know Regenbogen, I noticed the same thing. The double standard is in full swing with Patch. But I also remember once reading an article about gay actors and actresses in NY paper once and only the men were named they dare not mention the females. Might offend somebody.
Jonathan N. Marcus February 12, 2014 at 06:29 AM
In the case of the woman with the wine bottle in her purse, Patch was reporting what had been initially reported by NJ.com. In that article, it was noted that, at the time of publication, Riverdale PD had not released the name of the woman until family had been notified due to her having been injured and taken to a local hospital.
Rocky February 12, 2014 at 09:16 AM
What's your point Jonathan?? The same still holds true when it comes to women and the criminal justice system. I'm sure her family wasn't notified by the pony express.
Andy Schmidt February 12, 2014 at 10:55 AM
I admit being selfish - let his fiancé and CPS take care of his family - I'm mostly concerned that he was STILL driving after a PRIOR DWI? Luckily, he only side-swiped a CAR, not a student walking home, a jogger, biker... - any of OUR family members! The persecution and consequences of DWI arrests is still taken much too lightly by law makers and the courts. These people need to be made to rely on public transportation and taxis, so that the impact on their jobs, lives and finances makes them VALUE the privilege to drive!
Jimmy O February 12, 2014 at 10:55 AM
So the moral of the thread is that if you are doing something illegal and want to keep out of the press then find a way to get injured.
Jonathan N. Marcus February 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM
I suspect that if anyone from the press did a follow-up with the Riverdale PD after they had notified the family, they would have released the name of the woman. Doesn't look like anyone from the press cared to find that out as I can find no other articles or updates beyond the original NJ.com story and the Patch article which merely cross-references to what NJ.com reported. However, I would point out that there are many articles on Patch (including several recent ones) where the names of women who are arrested for crimes are reported. In fact, there are many articles where they not only give their names, but also provide their mug shots.
Jassen Sanders February 16, 2014 at 09:00 PM
We never know what tomorrow may bring. Therefore, preventing danger to happen is a clever thing to do. Yet, when we're in a situation between life and death -- we can also think if we could ever escape? However, prevention is still better that cure and as we quote "it's better to be ready that to be sorry." And for this, I would suggest this safety service that I'm currently using for me and my family. It is a Panic Button installed on a Smartphone's and it allows us to alert all the member of our family when danger comes. It can also identify the exact location and have the ability to search the address of any family that you wanted to locate. You can browse their other features with this link: https://login.safekidzone.com/Relentless-Protection-For-Our-Kids-With-a-Cell-Phone/?a_aid=514ae2c64ba1d&a_bid=dc55bebf
George Murphy February 17, 2014 at 08:08 PM
What a generation, right? Actually, it's residue from the one preceding it, which happens to be mine. My father and mother were just finishing college, my father had returned from the war and they were married in a sensible way, marked with a bit of class. Not wealthy, just down to earth. I cannot imagine my parents with tattoos, piercings, pants below their water line, braless and irresponsible. Crooked hats, sneakers, t-shirts...absolutely 'zero' class. More so, it would be difficult to think of them driving us in the car, whilst being under the influence of illegal drugs. These individuals need to be sent to the toughest boot camp on the face of the planet. I would say one that would make Siberia seem like Chuck-e-Cheese. My parents were not perfect, but their brains were always in gear before their rear ends were. Some sleazy lawyer, who takes out a full back-cover add on the local telephone directory will come through for this guy.

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