Palisades Interstate Parkway cops finally chased down Nanuet resident Michael DePalma in Fort Lee, NJ after he allegedly hit a car on the Palisades Parkway back near his Nanuet home. His victim did not take the offense lying down, instead following DePalma and hailing police. DePalma did not quit his fast car chase until just past the George Washington Bridge toll plaza on Fletcher Avenue in Fort Lee.
At approximately 9 p.m., Friday, April 8 the Palisades Interstate Parkway police received a 911 call reporting a hit-and-run incident in the area of Exit 7 in Nanuet, Police Chief Michael Coppola told the media. The chase intensified around Exit 1 in New Jersey, as officers made a move on DePalma’s black Dodge Charger, to no avail. Persistence would pay off for the lawmen and DePalma’s victim, however, as minutes later he called it quits as he approached the historic GWB.
DePalma’s trouble with the law grew when a search of his car allegedly revealed ample supplies of cocaine and illicit xanax. He was determined to be driving under the influence according to police. DePalma was sent to Bergen Count Jail and initially held on $50,000 bail, charged with eluding, obstruction, possession of cocaine, Xanax and drug paraphernalia (a cocaine straw) and DUI. DePalma eventually posted that bail but his troubles were only beginning.
For all the trouble he had caused on the road, the true extent of DePalma’s wayward passions had yet to surface, police would soon discover.
Further investigation into the subject led police to charge DePalma for involvement in a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl, according to New Jersey reporter Gerard DeMarco. He was found to have made lewd recordings with the same female and the cops hit him with charges of criminal sexual contact and manufacturing child pornography. He was remanded to Bergen County Jail again, this time on $115,000 bail.