Woman Arrested for DWI and Suspected Heroin Possession
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michelle Acosta (30) of Hopatcong, N.J. for possession of suspected heroin, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a hypodermic syringe, in addition to a motor vehicle complaint of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. The incident that gave rise to the charges occurred on December 18, 2012 at approximately 5:54 P.M. That is when Fairfield police received a report of what was either a medical emergency or a motor vehicle crash in the parking lot of Walgreens located at 397 Route 46 West.
Arriving officers allegedly found Acosta in the driver’s seat of a 1999 Toyota Camry. The Toyota was backed into two other vehicles. Acosta appeared to the officers to be extremely lethargic, speaking with slurred speech and finding it difficult to stay awake.
During the course of the investigation, officers allegedly discovered a bag containing syringes and glassine envelopes commonly used to package heroin. Acosta was arrested and transported to police headquarters. It is alleged that while there, officers recovered (7) glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin.
Acosta was charged with the aforesaid violations, with an initial court appearance date of January 3, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. She was transported by the West Essex First Aid Squad to Chilton Hospital for evaluation. Sgt. Joseph Keegan and Officer Christopher Hlubik handled the case. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Drunk Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be conducted locally as Part of Statewide Campaign
Fairfield (NJ) Law enforcement officials from Fairfield will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the annual holiday season “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Beginning December 7, 2012 and running through January 2, 2013, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
A concentrated national effort, the campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs. Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year.
“This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent," said Chief Charles Voelker. “This initiative brings attention to the serious consequences of drunk driving and the grave danger those who choose to drink and drive pose to all who share the road with them.”
Last year in New Jersey, 152 people were killed as a result of alcohol-impaired crashes. That number represents 24 percent of the 627 traffic fatalities reported in the state in 2011.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2012 Year End Crackdown offer the following advice:
- Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
- Spend the night where the activity is held.
- Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. InNew Jersey, drivers may dial #77 on their cell phones to report a drunk driver.
- Always buckle-up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
- If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.
Motorists are also asked to subscribe to the pledge of the Ensign John R. Elliot HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers: Drive sober, be a designated driver and don’t let friends drive drunk. Under the effort, local businesses and community groups, law enforcement agencies, and schools work together to keep drunk drivers off the road. Started inNew Jerseyby the Elliot family following the tragic death of their son, John, in a head-on collision with a drunk driver, the campaign has become a national model for preventing drunk driving.
Overturned Truck Disrupts Route 46 Traffic
Fairfield (NJ) On December 6, 2012, at approximately 11:45 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department was notified of a truck that was on its side at the intersection of Route 46 East and Clinton Road. First responding officers found a Hertz rental truck resting on its passenger side, with the driver still in the vehicle. The Fairfield Fire Department, West Essex First Aid Squad and Atlantic Healthcare Ambulance EMS-7 all responded to the scene. The fire department was able to extricate the driver by breaking out the front windshield. He received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
The truck, a 2007 International box truck, was carrying a commercial sealant used on the undercarriage of vehicles. It appears that the product was not dispersed evenly when it was loaded and when the driver went to make a left turn onto Route 46 East and he applied his brakes in a hard manner, the load shifted and caused the truck to overturn.
No other vehicles or individuals were involved in the incident. The New Jersey Department of Transportation assisted in diverting Route 46 traffic until the vehicle could be up-righted and removed. Traffic in the area was delayed as a result. The incident concluded at approximately 3:10 P.M.
Members of the Fairfield Fire Department work to extricate the driver of an overturned vehicle at the intersection of Route 46 East and Clinton Road
Fairfield’s Finest Tops Plane Pull Fundraising Efforts for NJ Special Olympics
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department’s Special Olympics Plane Pull team, known as “Fairfield’s Finest” recently raised $7, 375 to benefit New Jersey Special Olympics. The donation was presented at the organization’s annual plane pull that took place on Saturday September 29, 2012 at Newark Liberty Airport. The donation was the largest received from any of the teams that participated in this year’s competition. To date, over the last eleven years, Fairfield’s Finest has contributed over $58,000 to this worthwhile cause.
This year, the Fairfield team was not only made up of Fairfield police officers but also a Fairfield Department of Public works employee and his children, an Essex County inspector, local business owners, police department family members and private citizens. Team captain, Detective Robert Sanger stated, “The diversity of our team members shows just how important the mission of Special Olympics has become in Fairfield”
2012 FAIRFIELD'S FINEST PLANE PULL TEAM PRIOR TO PULLING A 737 UNITED AIRPLANE
THE TEAM LINES UP AND IS ALMOST READY TO BEGIN
SELECT MEMBERS OF "FAIRFIELD'S FINEST" ATTEMPT TO PULL THE PLANE WITH THE LOWEST COMBINED WEIGHT
FAIRFIELD'S FINEST POSES WITH TROPHY SIGNIFYING THEM AS THE 2012 LEAD FUNDRAISING TEAM (Pictured at far right is Sue Parsons of N.J. Special Olympics who presented the team with the trophy)