Longshoreman Suspended After Arrest for Criminal Mischief After Causing a Motor Vehicle Crash
January 21, 2020
Today, the Waterfront Commission temporarily suspended the registration of longshoreman Mark Quitete, 40, of Kenilworth, New Jersey, pending an administrative hearing. Quitete had worked at Maher Terminals in Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he earned nearly $200,000 in 2019. The suspension was the result of his arrest for criminal mischief (a crime of the third degree) involving the crash of a vehicle belonging to an Uber driver on the Garden State Parkway. From the back seat, Quitete allegedly grabbed the steering wheel from the Uber driver, causing the car to drive up an embankment and collide into a concrete barrier. The crash allegedly caused $13,000 in damages and injured the three occupants of the vehicle.
The Waterfront Commission’s Notice of Hearing charges that Quitete’s act of criminal mischief renders his presence at the piers or other waterfront terminals in the Port of New York district a danger to the public peace or safety. The Notice of Hearing further alleges that this was not the first time when Quitete was reckless in a vehicle; on August 13, 2017, in North Arlington, New Jersey, he operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and drove recklessly, resulting in the suspension of his driver’s license.
The Union County Prosecutor’s Office is prosecuting the criminal matter.