Man Arrested On LBI For Failing To Wear His Seatbelt - Some Time Ago

Joel Caputo had an active arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a seatbelt violation with $81.00 bail set

A 27-year-old man was arrested in Harvey Cedars Thursday for failing to appear in court for an old seat-belt violation, police said.

At approximately 1:50pm, police stopped a vehicle for failing to keep right. Further investigation by the officer found the driver, Joel Caputo, 27, of Bristol, Pa. to have an active warrant out of Dennis Township Municipal Court, police said.

The active arrest warrant was for failure to appear in court on a seatbelt violation with $81.00 bail set.

Caputo was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters and released on his own recognizance pending a future court date in Dennis Township. A motor vehicle summons was also issued. 

John B Taxpayer December 07, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Take a sleepy town and a bored cop, what do you get? This Nonsense! Oh, who cares if this kid goes through a windshield because he didn't wear a seatbelt? But for $81 some bureaucrat wants that money! Nothing more than the money, for everyone involved.
Chuck Schnell December 07, 2013 at 05:33 AM
So he was arrested for failing to appear in court, not the seatbelt violation. Nice twist on the title. Make the officer appear to be over zealous when he was being diligent in his job.
John B Taxpayer December 07, 2013 at 05:47 AM
Failure to keep rift was the harvey cedars PD reason for all this in the first Place, because as you know the traffic Jams that would cause would back December traffic, all the way back to the Lighthouse! Bored cop; young driver; BS reason to stop him in the first place. Maybe he should have nailed him on low tire pressure too... What a Joke!
Ann Powers December 07, 2013 at 09:00 AM
...and this shows why Patch's many police blotter stories re: "arrested for an outstanding warrant" are so lame.
Jim Hutchinson December 07, 2013 at 09:13 AM
I am glad to see the Harvey Cedars police enforcing the "keep to right" law. It was then due diligence for the officer seeing an outstanding warrant. As was stated above, he was probably going to get a warning and then it was learned he was in contempt of court. I am glad to also see the police out being active-a use of our taxpayer funds. I would think that "John B Taxpayer" would like this.
John B Taxpayer December 07, 2013 at 09:58 AM
Jim these Leo's get paid $100k plus. He stopped the kid for Nonsense and got lucky on a bench warrant, Period. A bench warrant for a seat belt, waste of money for the original court and town in PA and now NJ taxpayers get to waste our money too! Glad you see this a "commendable police work" I see it as a money grabbing waste of time..... We can agree to disagree, ok?
Scott Peraria Buildersllc December 07, 2013 at 10:53 AM
Mr Police Officer, keep up the good work. I drive up and down L B island all day between jobs. My crew of employees occasionally get pulled over, even i did 6 months ago because I didnt have my seat belt on.. The police had reasons to do so . None of us got tickets, thank you Officers. The police are mostly polite, not overzealous, BUT i know that they are looking for and filtering out the rift raft and sending a signal to the winter theives. That I am thankful for., as i personally have a lot of sites that are vulnerable.. , Scott Peraria
proud December 07, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Failing to keep right in Harvey Cedars in December? What a waste of resources. END! Home Rule and send these slackers to the projects in Lakewood and MAYBE they can earn their heinous salaries.
rhonda December 07, 2013 at 08:20 PM
They do their job and you complain? What should the officer have done? Find out he has a warrant and let him go?!?!
Xavier December 08, 2013 at 12:02 AM
LBI cops LOVE pulling people over in the off-season for not keeping right. It gives them a great chance to find other infractions.
The Mallet December 08, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Send those cops over here to Barnegat. We have a road where you think that you are in England. Cars stay in the left land and pass on the right - Barnegat Boulevard - There is no enforcement of the keep to the right law here. !
John B Taxpayer December 08, 2013 at 02:34 PM
The Mallett, the issue here is 2 popular left turns Pennsylvania Ave and Bengal Blvd, hence the left lane issues on Bgt Blvd....best to drive slowler and pay attention, there's been a lot of accidents, due to somebody's in a hurry.....
Jennifer Lee December 09, 2013 at 09:57 AM
It's posted all over LBI to "Keep Right, Pass Left" the cop is right for pulling this kid over! And if you have a warrant no matter the amount aren't they supposed to take you in? Especially, if its a failure to appear?
proud December 09, 2013 at 11:26 AM
What are you going to pass- a tumbleweed?
anonymous December 11, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Oh man this story brings back memories ---- about ten years ago I received a taillight ticket I must have forgotten about it or something cause the next time I was pulled over I also was arrested for the same reason. I think the bail was 80 dollars at the time. It was pretty embarrassing and they even towed my car because it was on the parkway. After that I have never ever forgot about a ticket. Dont let this happen to you. When there is a warrant how ever small of an amount they must arrest you and then they can release you at the station. The tow was also kinda pricey. I have never thought of myself as a dummy but that day I should have kicked my own a-s anonymous


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