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Cops: Guy Attempted an Icy DUI Coverup

Bryan Byers and pal charged after cops say they tried to create black ice
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 17, 2015 1:08 PM CST
Cops: Guy Made Black Ice to Hide DUI Crash
Police say a clever New Jersey driver tried to cover up his car accident by creating black ice on the road.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – New Jersey police say a man poured water on a freezing road to try to fool officers into thinking the cause of his drunken car crash was black ice. Twenty-year-old Bryan Byers, of Sparta, was arrested Saturday and charged with drunken driving and other offenses. Authorities say he hit a guardrail after running a stop sign early that morning. Shortly after the crash, police said, 20-year-old Alexander Zambenedetti, a friend of Byers', showed up in his own car. The two men then dumped 5-gallon buckets of water onto the road to create black ice, police said.

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Police said an officer on patrol in the area saw Byers walking in the road and Zambenedetti sitting in his vehicle with two buckets of ice in the back seat at around 2:45am. Police say Zambenedetti wasn't wearing a shirt despite a wind chill of 15 below zero. He was also charged with drunken driving. Authorities say Byers confessed to the plan. They noticed skid marks were visible under the thin layer of ice at the intersection. Both men are due in court Thursday. Police said it took a half-ton of salt to melt the ice and make the road passable. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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