Union County, New Jersey, DWI Police Blotter: Cranford Drunk Driving and Drug DUI Arrests

Marijuana and Drug Possession in a Vehicle
While not an instance of drug DUI, an Elizabeth, NJ, man was arrested on a Sunday evening after being stopped for driving with an obstructed view Law enforcement officers will usually use a common traffic infraction, such as incorrect lane change or inoperative brake light, to initiate a traffic stop that might result in a further drunken driving or prescription drug DUI arrest. In this particular case, the officer charged the driver with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia including a hypodermic needle, and possession of suspected Oxycodone. The man was also served with summons for operating a motor vehicle with an obstructed view, driving under a suspended driver’s license, not to mention possession of a controlled and dangerous substance (CDS) in a motor vehicle.

Drunken Driving Arrest following Accident
A Plainfield resident was stopped in the early morning hours following the reports of an accident at South and Hollywood avenues just before 3am. Police officers found a 23-year-old driver at the scene and apparently detected the smell of alcohol on the motorist’s breath. The driver was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and careless driving.

CDS Possession in a Vehicle
A Newark driver, whose vehicle apparently looked very suspicious, was pulled over by a Cranford police officer on the grounds that the vehicle had illegally tinted car windows. During the traffic stop the officer noticed evidence of marijuana and smoking paraphernalia inside the 25-year-old’s vehicle. The driver was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in a vehicle, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.

In a similar incident, an 18-year-old Hillside driver, who had a juvenile passenger riding with him, was stopped around 11:30pm on a Thursday night on Cranford’s North Avenue near Carpenter Place. Both the driver and his younger passenger were charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

CDS Drug Possession in a Vehicle
A Warren, NJ, resident was stopped for not having properly functioning rear brake lights on a Monday afternoon at the intersection of Raritan Road and Centennial Avenue. The routine traffic stop soon led to drug arrest when the officer noticed evidence of drug paraphernalia in the 44-year-old’s vehicle. The man was arrested and charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In another case of CDS possession in a vehicle, a man from Jersey City man was stopped by a traffic patrol officer for having illegally tinted windows during the early morning hours on a Saturday. According to police reports, the 34-year-old driver was stopped just after 2am Centennial Avenue. Noticing that the driver was apparently intoxicated, the officer also apparently saw some drug paraphernalia during the drunk driving arrest. The driver was charged with marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, not to mention driving under the influence of alcohol. Police also charged him with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) in a motor vehicle.

Cranford police make narcotics, DWI arrests, NJ.com, April 15, 2010