Hit-and-Run After Phony Shooting Story
OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania man was arrested on drunk-driving and other charges last weekend after allegedly crashing into parked cars and telling police a wild story about being shot at by individuals in another vehicle.
Around 9:20 p.m. last Saturday, an Ocean City police bicycle officer was on patrol in the area of 21st Street when he heard a loud crashing noise from about a block away. Multiple witnesses in the area told police a blue Toyota FJ Cruiser had crashed into numerous vehicles parked along Baltimore Avenue and attempted to leave the scene.
An officer observed the driver, later identified as Leonard Tarreto III, 40, of Dallas, Pa., operating the vehicle in the area of 20thStreet. The officer observed the front passenger-side wheel was bent inward, causing Tarreto to have trouble leaving the scene because the wheel was skidding across the pavement. The officer also observed extensive damage to the front passenger side of the vehicle.
The investigation revealed damage to eight vehicles parked along Baltimore Avenue from 21st Street to 20th Street, ranging from minor the severe disabling damage.