Woman Arrested for Possession of Prescription Drugs and DWI
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Erin Ackerman (22) of Parsippany, N.J. for possession of a Schedule II and Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence. The incident that led to her arrest took place on December 20, 2012 at approximately 4:00 A.M. That is when Officer Gerald Veneziano observed a vehicle parked on an access road leading to Mid Atlantic Products, located at 300 Fairfield Road.
The vehicle was running and when the officer approached, he allegedly observed Ackerman asleep behind the wheel and she was difficult to awaken. During the course of his investigation, Officer Veneziano developed probable cause to believe that Ackerman was operating her vehicle while under the influence. She was arrested and brought to police headquarters where officers allegedly found (6) Alprazolam tablets and (4) Oxycodone tablets in Ackerman’s purse.
Ackerman was later transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital. She has an initial court appearance date of January 9, 2012 in the superior court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against Ackerman are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
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
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.