East Brunswick Man Charged in Hit and Run on Route 535

Suspect allegedly drove for two miles with a motorcycle stuck to his car.

An East Brunswick man is facing drunk driving charges after an alleged hit and run incident on Route 535 Thursday evening.

Chandresh Chitalia, 47, was charged with assault by auto, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render aid to injured person, and driving while intoxicated after he allegedly struck a motorcyclist and then fled from the scene of the collision. 

At 8:25 p.m., South Brunswick Police responded to a motor vehicle crash reported near the intersection of Route 535 and Davidson Mill Road. Witnesses told police that a 1997 Nissan Altima struck a motorcyclist and then fled the scene while the motorcycle was still stuck to the vehicle.

The driver, Christopher Kobi, 39, was found laying semiconscious in the roadway. Kobi told police he was stopped on his 2008 Harley Davidson at the intersection of Davidson Mill Road when he was struck from behind and thrown off his bike. Kobi was transported by the Monmouth Junction First Aid Squad to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Witnesses told police that after the collision, Chitalia got out of his vehicle and attempted to remove the motorcycle from his car. After he was unsuccessful, Chitalia then allegedly got back into his car and headed north on Route 535. 

East Brunswick officers soon spotted Chitalia with sparks flying out from under the vehicle and stopped him on Route 535 near Rues Lane.

Chitalia allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and had difficulty standing. He told officers that he "felt a thud," but didn’t realize he hit anything.

The Harley Davidson was wedged under Chitalia's vehicle for than two miles from the scene of the accident, according to police. 

After being arrested, Chitalia threw up on himself while being transported to headquarters, police said.

Chitalia refused a breathalyzer at police headquarters. He was lodged in the Middlesex County Correction Center in lieu of $75,000 bail.

dwr December 23, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Marc Why does it have to be someones Fault other than the person them self? When is everyone in this damn crazy world going to take responsibility for their own actions instead of blaming someone else? YOU CAN NOT FIX STUPID!!!!!!!!!!
Carl Engeb December 26, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Carl Engeb December 26, 2012 at 01:29 PM
check those immigration papers!
Marc C. Kollar December 26, 2012 at 03:14 PM
dwr, I totally agree. He is ultimately responsible for his actions and should be held accountable for 1) getting drunk, 2) getting behind the wheel. My point, inarticulate as I was in making it, is that there are potentially others involved in this who also need to be held accountable for serving him the drinks and, apparently, not doing enough to stop him from driving.
Carl Engeb December 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM
It doesn't take a village. He drank, he's drunk, doesn't matter who else was around. Why not go after the bottle maker? Or the cardboard box mfg that the booze was delivered in at the liquor store. This moron was drunk, KNEW he had something under his car and kept driving! this guy is a complete Jerkoff, no matter how drunk, he's a moron! check immigration papers.


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