Sparta Police Dept.

Friends Allegedly Iced The Street To Cover Up A DUI Crash

The plan may have worked if one of the 20-year-olds hadn't been shirtless in subzero weather, police say.

There's an old saying in politics: "It's not the crime, it's the cover-up that gets you." On Saturday (Feb. 14), two guys in New Jersey literally tried to cover up a drunk driving accident, according to police.

Brian Byers, 20, had allegedly raced his family's BMW through a stop sign in Sparta, New Jersey, and crashed into a guardrail, CBS 2 reports. His friend Alexander Zambenedetti, also 20, drove to the scene to help Byers pour a couple five-gallon jugs of water onto the pavement, so Byers could blame the incident on black ice, police say.

Sparta Police Dept.

For some reason, Zambenedetti reportedly wasn't wearing a shirt even though the temperature outside was 1 degree (15 below zero adjusted for windchill), and this attracted the attention of an officer passing by at 2:45 a.m.

"[T]heir intent was to blame it on the ice so they could collect insurance for the vehicle, for the damage to the vehicle," an officer told 1010 WINS.

Police say that Byers admitted to icing the intersection, which took the Department of Public Works "a half-ton of salt to melt," according to the Associated Press. Byers and Zambenedetti both face charges of DUI and careless driving. Byers faces additional charges for endangering other drivers. Watch the video below for more: