Drunk Driving Arrest News: New Jersey Police Blotter

South Orange — An Essex County, New Jersey, resident was stopped by police around 1:30 a.m. on August 7 when and officer saw a car apparently speeding on Sloan Street, after which it poorly negotiated a left turn onto South Orange Avenue. After making the traffic stop, other officers arrived at the scene where they detected the scent of alcohol on the driver’s breath indicating that the man was probably drunk. A passenger in the front seat also appeared to be intoxicated. Police administered a field sobriety test to the 43-year-old Maplewood resident, which he failed. The man became upset following the test. Police arrested him for DWI, took him into custody and impounded his vehicle.

South Orange — On August 8, in the early morning hours, a patrolman noticed a vehicle parked in front of 67 South Orange Avenue with the motor running, headlights burning and right-front tire completely flat. On closer inspection, the officer could see that the 28-year-old Greenbrook, NJ, resident appeared to be sleeping. The officer attempted to awaken the man, who became somewhat responsive after several minutes. Interviewing the conscious driver, the police officer could detect the odor of alcohol on the man’s breath. Other officers were called to the scene and the man was removed from the vehicle and given several field sobriety tests, all of which he failed. Police arrested the man and transported him to headquarters where a test for blood alcohol content (BAC) showed a reading of 0.13 percent.

Madison — A 49-year-old Irvington resident was stopped for careless driving by local police officers late in the evening of July 31. During the traffic stop, officers noticed that she was inebriated, after which she was charged with drunk driving and later released to a family member.

Madison — An older Chatham man was arrested in the early morning of July 28 after Madison police noticed a vehicle on Main cross over the yellow line and crash into a curb. Officers pulled the car over on Cook avenue and saw that the 76-year-old driver was noticeably intoxicated. The man was taken to police headquarters where he was charged with DWI, careless driving and failure to keep right. He was subsequently released to a friend.

Madison — The next day, a 52-year-old Morris County man was arrested for drunk driving in the late evening. Following the traffic stop, police found drugs on the driver as well as drug paraphernalia. The man was charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of possession of a drug in a motor vehicle, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and careless driving. The man was later released to a friend pending a court appearance.

Police Blotter: Two DWI Arrests, SouthOrange.Patch.com, August 11, 2009

Police Blotter, DailyRecord.com, August 7, 2009