Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Meghan Morris (35) of Belmar, N.J. and Jonathan Ahn (22) of Montville, N.J. for driving under the influence in separate incidents over this past weekend.
On January 14, 2023, at approximately 4:51 AM, Corporal David Lagan was on patrol on Route 46 West when a 2019 blue Acura passed his vehicle at an extremely high rate of speed and in an alleged reckless manner. As the officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle, it is allegedthat the vehicle failed to maintain its lane. After entering into Montville, a motor vehicle stop was initiated, and the driver was found to be Morris.
As the officer spoke with Morris, it is alleged that she exhibited signs and symptoms of an individual under the influence to include a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath and slow and slurred speech. Based upon the officers’ observations, field sobriety tests were given. Based upon those results and the totality of the circumstances, Morris was placed under arrest and her vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. She was transported to police headquarters for the purposes of conducting breath testing. While at headquarters it is alleged that Morris refused to provide samples of her breath.
She was then charged with driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath test and five other motor vehicle offenses. She was released on her own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on January 26, 2023.
The second incident occurred on January 15, 2023, at approximately 10:50 PM. At that time, Officer Jayson Sickles was observing traffic on Route 46 West when he allegedly observed a 2020 blue Honda which appeared to be exceeding the posted speed limit of 50 MPH and which had no front license plate and illegal window tinting. The vehicle was then stopped and found to be operated by Ahn. It is alleged that during the roadside investigation, Ahn also displayed signs and symptoms of being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, bloodshot and watery eyes, and excited and rambling speech. As a result, field sobriety tests were administered. Based upon the results of these tests and the officer’s observations, he was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. His vehicle was also impounded pursuant to law.
In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with six other motor vehicle violations. He was released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on January 26, 2023.
(It should be noted that the charges against both Morris and Ahn are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)
Authorized by: Chief Anthony Manna