First Weekend of Added DUI Patrols Nets Three Arrests
Fairfield (NJ) The first weekend of increased drunk driving enforcement patrols in Fairfield, as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, netted three arrests for alleged drunken driving in three separate incidents. The first incident took place on August 15, 2014. At approximately 10:40 P.M., Fairfield officers checked a tractor trailer that was parked on the shoulder of Route 46 East, near the Target store. It is alleged that the driver, identified as Thomas Jowers (55) of Inkster, MI, was asleep in the cab, with the truck’s engine running. Further investigation by the officers revealed that Jowers’ condition was consistent with someone under the influence. The officers attempted to conduct field sobriety tests on him but he allegedly would not cooperate. He was then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for breath testing. His tractor-trailer was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.
While at headquarters, it is alleged that Jowers refused to submit proper samples of his breath for testing. He was charged with driving under the influence, refusal to submit to breath testing, operating a commercial vehicle while under the influence, refusal to submit to breath samples while operating a commercial vehicle and improper parking on the highway. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an August 27, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.
The second incident occurred the next evening on August 16, 2014 at approximately 11:40 P.M. At that time, Fairfield officers allegedly observed a 1994BMW, exit a driveway near the McDonalds restaurant, located on Route 46 East. The BMW entered the highway and allegedly began to travel west in the eastbound lanes of Route 46. Officers immediately attempted to get the attention of the driver, later identified as Jason Untracht (32) of New York City, by driving their police vehicles onto the grass median with lights and sirens on, however Untracht did not stop or slow down. Officers were finally able to get the vehicle stopped near the Comfort Inn hotel, approximately three quarters of a mile from where the vehicle first began traveling the wrong way on the highway. It was reported that at least five vehicles that were traveling east on Route 46 had to avoid a collision with the BMW.
Investigation at the scene, which included the administering of standard field sobriety testing resulted in Untracht being placed under arrest without incident and his BMW being impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. Untracht was taken to headquarters for breath testing. He was charged with operating while under the influence, operating with a suspended license, driving the wrong way on the highway, careless driving, and failure to produce an insurance card. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of August 27, 2014 in the Fairfield Municipal Court.
The last incident took place on August 17, 2014. At approximately 8:40 P.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol on Two Bridges Road when he observed a 1999 Chevrolet with a brake light that was allegedly not working. The officer followed the vehicle onto Route 80 East where it allegedly had difficulty maintaining its lane. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Anibal Correa (34) of Paterson, N.J.
During the course of the stop, the officer allegedly made observations concerning Correa’s condition which resulted in the administering of standard field sobriety testing, ultimately leading to Correa’s arrest without incident. His vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. He was transported to headquarters for breath testing.
He was then charged with operating under the influence, improper maintenance of lamps, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with an initial court date scheduled for August 20, 2014 in the Fairfield Municipal Court.
(It should be noted that the charges against all three men are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)
Police Investigate Passaic Avenue Car Crash
Fairfield (NJ) On July 29, 2014, at approximately 2:23 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department responded to a two car motor vehicle crash on Passaic Avenue, near the intersection of Greenbrook Road. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2013 Ford Edge, being operated by Robert Esposito (40) of Lyndhurst, N.J., was traveling in the right, northbound lane of Passaic Avenue when a 2004 Toyota Corolla, being operated by Anthony Melillo (75) of Clifton, N.J. allegedly made a left hand turn in front of the Ford in an attempt to enter the A-Plus Sunoco station. Impact occurred causing the Ford to leave the roadway and end up on the lawn of Waveline, located at 180 Passaic Avenue. Both drivers complained of minor injuries, with both refusing any medical attention. The incident is being investigated by Officer David Chabay. No summons have been issued as of yet.
Highland Lakes Woman Charged with Alleged Syringe Possession
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Madison McManus (21) of Highland Lakes, N.J. for possession of a hypodermic syringe and for hindering her own apprehension on August 12, 2014. On that date, at approximately 7:49 P.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean observed a 2004 Nissan traveling west on Route 46 allegedly with tinted windows and a brake light that was not operational. The officer initiated a stop of the vehicle.
During the course of the roadside investigation, it is alleged that the passenger in the vehicle, identified as McManus, had a difficult time staying awake and had fresh needle marks visible on her arms. It is further alleged that she initially identified herself to the officer as Meaghan McManus but further investigation revealed she was actually Madison with active arrest warrants issued by the Fair Lawn and Paramus Municipal Courts. McManus was placed under arrest without incident. It is alleged that, found in her possession, was a hypodermic syringe.
She was charged and given an initial court appearance date of August 20, 2014 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. She was eventually turned over to the Fair Lawn Police Department.
(It should be noted that the charges against McManus are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)
Open Trunk Leads to Narcotics Arrest
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Daniel Mourad (28) of Totowa, N.J. for three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, one count of a prescription legend drug and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia on July 26, 2014. On that date, at approximately 12:34 P.M., Officer John McGrory was on patrol on Cheri Lane when he took notice of a 2010 Toyota that passed him. At that time, the vehicle was being operated by Mourad.
A short time later, he noticed the same vehicle, now being operated by a different individual, with Mourad now in the passenger seat and allegedly not wearing his seatbelt. While the officer was behind the vehicle, he allegedly noticed that the vehicle’s trunk was not secured and was flapping about. Fearful that something might fly out of the trunk and strike another motor vehicle, he initiated a motor vehicle stop.
During the course of the roadside stop, the officer allegedly uncovered the fact that Mourad did not possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle and that was why he was now not operating the car. The officer asked Mourad to exit the vehicle and when he did, the allegedly observed a Xanax tablet on the seat when Mourad got up. Mourad allegedly did not have a prescription to possess the Xanax so he was placed under arrest. Further investigation allegedly revealed the discovery of suspected heroin and Suboxen films.
In addition to the criminal charges, Mourad was also charged with being an unlicensed driver and for being in possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an August 6, 2014 court date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.
(It should be noted that the charges against Mourad are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is proven guilty in a court of law)