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Injured Driver in Route 46 Motor Vehicle Crash Charged with DUI and Drug Offenses

Fairfield (NJ) On July 17, 2019, at approximately 11:29 AM, Fairfield police officers were dispatched to a single car motor vehicle crash that occurred in front of the Fairfield Commons, located at 271 Route 46 West. The initial responding officers found a 2006 Nissan Altima, that appeared to have left the roadway, flipped over and eventually righted itself and which came to rest near the Horseneck Road overpass. The lone driver, identified as Angelo Palacios-Rebaza, a 19 year old male from Harrison, N.J., was entrapped in the vehicle. Fairfield officers and members of the Fairfield Fire Department assisted in extricating him from the vehicle. He was treated for a severe laceration to his left arm and facial injuries and eventually transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. for treatment. Traffic on Route 46 West was down to one lane for about 90 minutes.

Four witnesses to the crash allegedly told investigators that the Nissan was travelling west on Route 46 in an aggressive manner. All stated that the Nissan was allegedly travelling well in excess of the posted speed limit of 50 MPH and was frequently making unsafe lane changes.

Further investigation allegedly led to the discovery of a satchel that was found hanging around Palacios-Rebaza neck and which allegedly contained a grinder with suspected marijuana and a vape pipe. While the incident still remains under investigation, Palacios-Rebaza was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and an array of other motor vehicle offenses.

The incident is being investigated by Sergeant Ian Rasmussen and Officer Louis Bisciotti.

(It should be noted that the charges against Palacios-Rebaza are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Authorized by: Chief Anthony Manna

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