Motorist Arrested for Suspected DUI and Resisting Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Julia Lopez (25) of Boulder, Colorado for driving under the influence and resisting arrest on July 3, 2021. On that date, at approximately 1:35 AM, Officer Jayson Sickles was on patrol in the area of 645 Route 46 West. It is alleged that he observed a 2005 black Honda, traveling east on Route 46 at a high rate of speed. The officer attempted to catch up to the Honda and eventually stopped it in Totowa, N.J. The driver was found to be Lopez.

At this time, he advised her of the alleged violation and requested her driving credentials. During his conversation with Lopez, it is alleged that the officer observed Lopez to display signs and symptoms consistent with someone being under the influence to include her eyes to be watery, her hand motions to be slow and fumbling, her speech to be slow and slurred and the presence of an alcoholic beverage emanating from her breath.

At this time, additional officers arrived as back up officers and the decision was made to conduct standardized field sobriety testing. When the officers re-approached to ask Lopez to exit her vehicle, it is alleged that she became confrontational and questioning why there were now three officers present and felt uncomfortable about their presence.

Lopez was asked on multiple occasions to step out of the vehicle in order to perform field sobriety testing and she refused. She finally came out of the vehicle but allegedly refused to perform any testing. She then attempted to re-enter her vehicle and remained confrontational. Lopez was then placed under arrest based on the totality of the circumstances. Lopez actively resisted arrest by flailing her arms and breaking free from the officers’ grasp. She was finally handcuffed and transported to police headquarters for processing.

Upon arrival at police headquarters, it is alleged that Lopez refused multiple times to exit the back of the police vehicle when requested. They eventually had to help her from the

vehicle and into a cell. While at headquarters, it is further alleged that she refused to provide a sample of her breath for testing.

In addition to the resisting arrest and driving under the influence charges, she was also charged with refusal to submit to breath testing, careless driving, speeding and failing to maintain a lane. She was released on her own recognizance.

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

Authorized by: Chief Anthony Manna

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