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PUBLISHED: 14:22 EST, 21 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:22 EST, 21 January 2013
Numerous charges have been filed against a New York woman who was allegedly drunk and wearing only a jacket when she crashed her car into a stone retaining wall in New Jersey and then drove off.
The crash occurred early Friday in the northwestern New Jersey community of Sparta Township.
A witness called police at 12:53 a.m. Friday to report a white Volkswagon Jetta had crashed into a stone retaining wall on her property before fleeing the scene.
Not naked: When an officer stopped Catherine Giaquinto she insisted she wasn't nude, despite only wearing an unzipped leather jacket
Intoxicated: Officers said it took Giaquinto 10 minutes to put her clothes on and when she finished her dress was on inside out and backwards
Officer Joseph Pensado spotted the car just minutes after the crash and performed a motor vehicle stop.
He was stunned when he saw the
driver, 36-year-old Catherine Giaquinto, of Warwick, wearing nothing but an unzipped leather jacket.
There was fresh damage to the Jetta's left front fender, driver's side door, and rear left passenger's door. The damage was also consistent with the damage done at the retaining wall.
She allegedly told Pensado she couldn't remember the accident or where she was going.
Her speech was reportedly badly slurred and she claimed to have no memory of an accident.
She also denied being completely naked.
After noticing some clothes in her car, Pensado asked Giaquinto to get dressed, which she did after several minutes.
When she was finished, her dress was on inside out and backwards.
A series of field sobriety tests revealed an extremely high level of intoxication. Even standing still and listening to Pensado's instructions was beyond her abilities.
Wild woman: Giaquinto told police she had no memory of a hit and run only minutes before she was pulled over
As she was being processed at the police station, she allegedly became argumentative and disorderly.
She was finally charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to breath testing, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving, failure to wear a seatbelt and a documentation violation.
Her vehicle was impounded.
Several hours later, she was released to the care of a sober adult.
It's not known if Giaquinto has retained a lawyer.
A phone number for her could not be located Monday.