Bergen County, NJ, Police Blotter: DWI and Marijuana / Drug DUI News

Everyday, New Jersey motorists are stopped by local and state police for drunk driving offenses, as well as driving under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs. As a New Jersey DWI and drug DUI defense lawyer, I and my staff of attorneys and experienced legal professionals work diligently to defend drivers wrongly accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances. The following news items represent the types of cases we handle on a day-to-day basis.

East Rutherford
A Hackensack man was arrested on August 11 in the late evening for drunk driving, breath test refusal and careless driving. The 57-year-old was picked up after he was involved in an accident on Swan Court. The driver’s 1990 Mercury was impounded and he was later released to the custody of his daughter.

A man in his late 50s was arrested on July 24 for possession of cocaine, having an expired inspection sticker on his vehicle, possession of drugs in a motor vehicle and operating a car with an open container of alcohol. The arrest occurred after the man was stopped at a DWI checkpoint on Paterson Avenue and Everett Place. He was subsequently released on summonses to his wife.

A 39-year-old from Rochester, N.Y., was arrested on August 11 in the early morning hours after he made an illegal U-turn on Route 17. The man was stopped by a patrol car and charged with DWI, refusal to submit to a breath test, illegal U-turn, careless driving and failure to signal. The driver was held in the local jail until he was deemed sober.

North Arlington
An 18-year-old, 19-year-old and 16-year-old juvenile, all from Kearny, were arrested in the early morning of July for possession of marijuana. The arrest occurred following an inquiry at Fisher Field off Sixth Street where police reportedly found a large quantity of cigar materials and marijuana on the pavement in the park, plus two bags of marijuana in the suspects’ car. The adults were released on summonses and the juvenile was released to his parents.

A 39-year-old man from North Arlington was arrested on July 25 for drunk driving, refusal to submit to a breath test, failure to keep right and careless driving. The traffic stop happened on Sunset and Prospect avenues. According to reports, the man’s car was impounded and he was subsequently released to a responsible party pending a court appearance.

A North Bergen man was arrested on July 26 in the late afternoon and charged with careless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, refusal to submit to a breath test, having no insurance and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. The 29-year-old driver was stopped near Schuyler Avenue and Bernice Road. Police reported that the man fled an accident in Rutherford, NJ, and was observed swerving on Schuyler Avenue. He also had a warrant out of Cliffside Park for $82, as well as a criminal warrant out of Bergen County. His car was impounded and he was released to the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department on summonses.

Police Blotter 08/20/09,, August 20, 2009

Police Blotter 08/06/09,, August 6, 2009

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