In trying to cover up a drunk driving accident, a New Jersey man got creative and decided to use the cold weather to his own advantage. Bryan Byers, a 20-year-old resident of Sparta, was arrested on Saturday on charges of drunk driving and several other offenses.
Before his arrest, AP reports, the man poured gallons of freezing water onto the road in an attempt to fool officers into thinking his drunken car crash was caused by a patch of black ice.
Authorities say that Byers ran a stop sign in his BMW before colliding with a guard rail early Saturday morning. His friend Alexander Zambenedetti, 20, showed up to the scene shortly after the crash. Together the two poured five-gallon buckets of water onto the road to create black ice.
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 2:45 a.m. Police say Zambenedetti wasn’t wearing a shirt despite a wind chill of 15 below zero. He was also charged with drunken driving.
Byers confessed to his wrongdoing when authorities noticed the skid marks beneath the thin layer of black ice. Both Byers and Zambenedetti are due in court Thursday.