A Wood-Ridge man was drunk and driving at nearly twice the speed limit on Route 208 when he was arrested by police early Sunday, authorities said.
Officer Kevin Kasak clocked a 2001 Nissan Maxima speeding south on Route 208 south at 108 mph around 12:40 a.m. The speed limit on the highway is 55 mph.
Kasak pursued the vehicle and stopped it when it exited the highway at Ridgewood Avenue. The driver, Eric Deysher, 23, was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding, reckless driving and unsafe lane changes.
Deysher was arrested and his car was impounded.
"There really are few words to describe this sort of conduct," said Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox. "Well, actually one does come to mind. ... Stupid."
Fox called the alleged drunk driver's actions "reckless beyond all comprehension" and worried about what could have happened to innocent drivers and their family members should a crash have occurred on the highway.
"I'm thankful that Patrolman Kasak was able to safely apprehend this individual, and hopefully the court will provide a punishment that fits the severity of this situation," Fox said.
Deysher was released to a family member and is scheduled to appear in municipal court on April 25.
The incident occurred less than three weeks after a 22-year-old Hasbrouck Heights man when his passenger died in an alleged early morning drunk driving crash less than five miles from where Deysher was pulled over.
Lukisz Skibicki was driving a 2002 Ford Taurus northbound on Route 208 last month when he failed to negotiate a bend in the road and crashed into a tree, officials said following the accident.
It's not clear how fast Skibicki was travelling.
His passenger, George Kantakis, 24, of North Haledon, was pronounced dead at 2:40 a.m. by a doctor from Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. Skibicki suffered a fractured skull and internal injuries, Fair Lawn Patch reported.
Skibicki was charged with one count of second degree vehicular homicide, and was issued motor vehicle summonses for DWI and reckless driving.