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Ridgefield Police: Homeless Man Found Beneath Car In Resident's Garage

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RIDGEFIELD, N.J. -- A homeless man taking shelter in a Ridgefield garage got a trespassing summons after the homeowner pulled his car in on top of him, authorities said.

A neighbor heard the man's screams and called police, who found the 44-year-old Hispanic man "lying on his back in the right rear corner of the darkened detached garage wearing dark clothing," Deputy Police Chief Robert Meurer told Daily Voice.

The man indicated that "the top of his right foot was stuck under the front right passenger tire of the sedan and he was unable to pull his foot out," he said.

The neighbor said he "heard screaming around midnight."

"I went outside to investigate and found this man with his leg crushed under the front wheel, screaming in pain," he told Daily Voice. "The driver did not know what happened and went to bed."

Meurer, the deputy chief, said officers smelled "a very strong odor of alcoholic beverages" on his breath.

The vehicle was backed out so the man could be freed, the deputy chief said.

He was then taken to Palisades General Medical Center in North Bergen, he said.

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