Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Christopher Fierro (28) of Lake Hiawatha for resisting arrest, driving while under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath test and several other motor vehicle violations on June 28, 2013. At approximately 12:50 A.M., Officer Steven Ptaszynski observed a 1997 Jeep traveling on Route 46 East, allegedly having difficulty maintaining a lane. A traffic stop was initiated on Route 46 near the Hampton Inn and Suites.
During the course of the stop, the officer asked the driver, identified as Fierro, to perform standard field sobriety testing to help the officer better determine if he was operating his vehicle while under the influence. It is alleged that Fierro was uncooperative in performing these tests. As a result, the officer attempted to place Fierro under arrest. It is further alleged that Fierro refused to submit to being handcuffed and had to be so forcibly. In addition, it is alleged that he would not walk on his own to the police car for transportation to police headquarters. Once at police headquarters, Fierro allegedly refused to provide samples of his breath for chemical analysis as is required by New Jersey law.
At press time, Fierro was still in custody at police headquarters. He was given an initial court appearance date of July 10, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against Fierro are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
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