Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Fairfield Police Department

Rockaway Township Man Arrested for Possession of CDS

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jonathan Pennachio (24) of Rockaway Township, N.J. for possession of a controlled dangerous substance on June 16, 2013. At approximately 1:00 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call regarding a blue Chevrolet that was traveling west on Route 80 and which allegedly struck a concrete divider. The vehicle then exited at exit 52 and into Fairfield. At that time, officers checked for this vehicle with negative results.

At approximately 1:47 P.M., Officer Frank Tracey was on patrol on Little Falls Road when he observed a blue Chevrolet, with heavy damage, in the parking lot of the Exxon gas station located at Little Falls Road and Passaic Avenue. The officer approached Pennachio, who was seated near the vehicle. During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that Pennachio gave several different accounts as to how the accident happened. The officer then conducted field sobriety testing on Pennachio to determine if he was under the influence. Mr. Pennachio allegedly passed these tests. Further investigation resulted in the alleged discovery of a single glassine envelope which contained suspected heroin, inside of the vehicle. Additionally, Pennachio was also found to be allegedly operating his vehicle while his New Jersey license was suspended. He was then arrested without incident.

In addition to being charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, Pennachio was also charged with several motor vehicle violations to include operating while suspended, unregistered vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. Pennachio was eventually released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of June 26, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

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