Drunk Driver Clocked At More Than 100 MPH on Route 208, Cops Say

Incident echoed fatal crash three weeks ago in Fair Lawn

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.

Boyd A. Loving April 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM
Neither East nor West Ridgewood Avenue intersects with Route 208.
Joseph M. Gerace (Editor) April 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Boyd, you are correct. But there IS a small street called Ridgewood Avenue in Wyckoff. I made the same mistake initially, but check it out: The off ramp at Grandview Avenue on Route 208 south actually puts you onto Ridgewood Ave. on the west side of the highway.
Dianna Ivanov April 12, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Thanks for clearing that up. I've been racking my brain trying to picture where Ridgewood ave intersects w RT 208, This is SUCH a scary thought how many people could have been hurt or worse. My children were both on route 208 coming home around that time. I shudder to think. Thank You to all the law enforcement professionals who protect our families and communities everyday!
Boyd A. Loving April 12, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Thanks for the clarification Joseph. Since there is no sign indicating "Ridgewood Avenue" at that exit, I was totally confused. If you had written: ". . . on Ridgewood Avenue, just west of the Grandview Avenue exit ramp" I would have understood.
slash man April 13, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Nice job to that Officer Kasak and the PD.
To Read Is To Empower April 23, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Wow, what did the Wyckoff ever do to you? Glad you think it is such a "dumpy town," now I know my "criminal element" neighbors and I don't have to worry about dealing with your provincial and parochial beliefs.
Dianna Ivanov April 23, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Wow that's quite a statement to make! I of course disagree with you however everyone has the right to their opinion. Just curious though, what makes you despise Wyckoff so vehemently?
To Read Is To Empower April 26, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Provincial: not broad or open in views or opinions. Parochial:Having a limited or narrow outlook or scope. Synonyms, you know, words that have the same or nearly the same meaning? Read a book, instead of spewing your immense dislike for towns you clearly have no regard for. The beauty of the American Dream...we can choose to live where ever we want...but please, stay out of Wyckoff.


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