Fairfield Police Officer Shoots Driver of a Pickup Truck that Tried to Run Him Down.
Fairfield (NJ) Acting Essex County ProsecutorCarolyn Murray and Fairfield Police Chief Charles Voelker Jr. are reporting an officer involved shooting at 5:30 p.m. this evening in the Township. Minutes before the incident, a concerned driver contacted the Fairfield Police Department and reported a driver of a Ford pickup truck who was driving erratic and appeared to be a drunk driver.
The concerned driver was able to approach the pickup truck at Route 46 West and Plymouth Street and attempted to remove the keys and the driver. It was at that point the Fairfield police arrived. As the officers were investigating the incident, the driver put the truck in gear and rammed a Fairfield marked police car. He then backed up and drove over a grassy median driving in the direction of the police officer. The officer, having no avenue of escape, fired his weapon at the suspect striking him once in the head.
The suspect is a 46 year old Morris County resident whose name will be released after family members are notified. He was airlifted by the New Jersey State Police to Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J. where the suspect is listed in critical but stable condition. A blood sample was taken from the suspect at the hospital by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. There were no other occupants in the suspect’s vehicle.
The Fairfield police officer is a 10 year veteran. The officer was taken to a hospital and evaluated. (The officer’s name will not be released for security reasons).
There were several witnesses who gave consistent statements of the account. The incident is under investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes and Professional Standards Bureau as well as the Fairfield Police Department.
The suspect has been placed under arrested by the Fairfield police (the charges will be given tomorrow along with the suspect’s name).
Motor Vehicle Crash Results in DWI Arrest
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Linda Towey Krayton (57) of West Caldwell, N.J. for driving while under the influence on November 10, 2013. On that date, at approximately 4:39 P.M., Officers Christopher Nicholas and Steve D’Argenio were dispatched to the area of Madison Road and Route 46 West, in order to investigate a single car motor vehicle crash.
Upon the officers’ arrival, they allegedly found a 2010 Ford Focus, on Madison Road, that sustained heavy front-end damage. The operator of the vehicle was found to be Towey Krayton. Investigation of the crash indicated that when Towey Krayton was attempting to turn onto Madison Road from Route 46 West, she struck a concrete triangle median divider located at the intersection.
As the officers’ continued their investigation, they allegedly observed Towey Krayton to be displaying signs of intoxication, which resulted in field sobriety tests being administered. She was eventually placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for breath testing.
In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, she was also charged with driving while under the influence in a school zone and careless driving. She was eventually released on her own recognizance pending a court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (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)
Toll Terrace Burglary Suspect Arrested
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Richard Penkoski Jr (37) of Fairfield, N.J. for burglary and theft on November 7, 2013. On November 3, 2013, the Fairfield police responded to a Toll Terrace residence to investigate a report of a burglary and theft. At that time, the victim reported that while they were out of state, unknown actor(s) illegally entered their garage and stole two plastic water bottles containing loose change.
An investigation conducted by Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino and Detective Michael Nyhuis resulted in information being obtained that Penkoski, a resident of Little Falls Road, was allegedly observed in the garage while the victims were away. It is further alleged that the victims did not authorize him to be there.
Penkoski was arrested on November 7, 2013 after coming to police headquarters to meet with the investigators. He was charged at that time with the crimes. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a court date 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)
Two Paterson Men Arrested for Alleged Cocaine Possession in Hotel Parking Lot
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is announcing the arrest of Shaquille Edwards (18) and Tinache Sumblin (20) both of Paterson, N.J. for possession of a controlled dangerous substance on November 9, 2013. On that date, at approximately 12:07 P.M., Officer Steven Ptaszynski was on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, when he observed two males allegedly acting suspiciously in and around a 2004 Infinity.
Further investigation revealed the discovery of a plastic bag containing suspected cocaine from within the vehicle. Both individuals were placed under arrest without incident and transported to police headquarters. Both men were eventually released on their own recognizance with a pending court date of November 20, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)