First Ward Councilman Robert Costantino lied to police about a car crash he was involved in last month, according to police.
Costantino was allegedly behind the wheel of a white Ford Explorer on the morning of September 23 when the vehicle was struck by a concrete truck was pouring cement on Third Street. Construction workers at the scene told the police that Costantino was driving and subsequently jumped out of the car and yelled at the workers before parking in front of his home a short distance away.
However, Costantino later told police that Secaucus elementary school teacher Dawn Leon was driving the car. Despite video from a nearby home showing Leon in the passenger seat, Costantino continued to tell police he was not driving.
A lengthy breakdown of the events was published by NJ.com on Thursday.
Police say summonses mailed to Costantino and Leon were returned. Both he and Leon each face one count of hindering. A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 9 in Kearny.
Costantino is running for re-election against upstart challenger Steven Kilawattie.