Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Driver that Hits Target Building with BMW is Charged with DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of John Catania (27) of Montville, N.J. for use of a controlled dangerous substance and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence on July 5, 2017. The charges were filed as a result of an investigation conducted by Officer Brian Holzmann,of a motor vehicle crash whereby it is alleged, that Catania drove his 2017 BMW into the Little Falls Road side of the Target store, causing a large hole in the cinder block exterior wall and extensive damage to the car.

At approximately 3:07 P.M., Fairfield officers were dispatched to the Target store for a report of a vehicle that allegedly struck the building. Upon arrival, it is alleged that Catania was found unconscious behind the wheel of his BMW. Atlantic Ambulance and the Fairfield Fire Department were also dispatched to assist at the scene. EMS administered NARCAN which allegedly assisted with Catania’s recovery. He was then transported to Chilton Hospital in Pompton Plains, N.J. in police custody for further evaluation.

The police investigation revealed that Catania allegedly consumed a quantity of heroin while in or around the Dunkin Donuts located on Passaic Avenue in Fairfield. Catania then drove through the rear driveway of the Dunkin Donuts, which is also shared with the Goddard School. Surveillance video shows the BMW stopping for about five minutes in the parking lot of the nursery school just before the vehicle is seen accelerating across Little Falls Road, nearly striking two passing vehicles.

“Thankfully, no one else was injured during this incident especially children from the nursery school” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “Our nation’s heroin epidemic continues to jeopardize, not only those who have fallen to its addictive spell, but as this case almost showed, the innocent citizen who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time” said the chief.

Catania was also charged with driving while under the influence in a school zone,  and careless and reckless driving. He is scheduled for an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on July 13, 2017.

(It should be noted that the charges against Catania are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)







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