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Street sign accident yields drunk driving charges

A police officer patrolling early one Saturday morning was shocked when he spotted a strange sight. The officer reported that he was traveling west on Route 46 when he saw a black sedan with a traffic sign lodged in its sunroof. The driver appeared to be disoriented and intoxicated when she pulled into a parking lot. In New Jersey and every other state, drunk driving can lead to serious consequences.

The driver, a 52-year-old woman from Hawthorne, allegedly failed police-administered field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests. The woman was unaware of the sign protruding from her sunroof even though there was glass covering the interior and top of her car. The steel sign was just a few inches away from the driver's seat, and the results could have been devastating.

Could a shoplifting charge keep you from joining the military?

Joining the U.S. military may be a tradition in your New Jersey family or a goal of your teenager. Having the opportunity to serve the country and perhaps earn the ability to pay for a college education could be alluring to both you and your teen. The problem is that seemingly harmless teenage transgressions such as shoplifting could cause problems during the enlistment process.

Shoplifting seems to be a common transgression of many New Jersey teens. Peer pressure often plays a part in this type of crime, and your teen could simply get caught up in trying to fit in with his or her friends. The problem is that unless the charges are dismissed without any conditions from prosecutors, or your teen is acquitted in court, even the arrest could prove problematic when your teen attempts to enlist in the military.

Drug distribution ring ends in 105 arrests

Authorities announced that over 100 people had been charged in an alleged heroin and cocaine bust. State police claim some of those arrested are responsible for operating a massive drug distribution organization in New Jersey. Experts agree that thousands of lives are being lost to the opioid epidemic, and New Jersey police have no intention of slowing in their efforts to stop the rising death toll from drugs.

The sting operation targeted two major statewide networks covering Paterson, Newark and Lodi. Detectives supposedly seized 18,000 bags of heroin, a pound of marijuana, five bags of cocaine and three handguns. Allegedly, the majority of those apprehended face charges of operating a drug trafficking organization and other drug-related offenses, and16 people were arrested on other outstanding warrants. The operation was based in the Paterson area that is known to gangs like 4K Bloods and Korner Boys who have connections to the so-called Bloods street gang.

Man arrested on property crimes for vandalism at 5 churches

A recent series of events had New Jersey officials wondering if there was a hate crime conspiracy taking place. Five African-American churches in Morris County were vandalized over the past weekend, according to police. There would of course appear to be no coincidence in the serial commission of such property crimes, all coming closely in time and place.

Police were able to quickly arrest a suspect who allegedly acted alone in committing the offenses. They arrested a 45-year-old black man of Morristown as the perpetrator who broke signs and windows at the five churches. The attacks came at night on Friday and Saturday, according to police.

Central Jersey makes multiple arrests in drug distribution ring

After a five-month investigation, a large distribution ring has been shut down, resulting in charges against 20 people. Allegedly, the arrests helped bring down a group supposedly supplying Somerset, Middlesex and Bergen counties with Oxycodone pills, heroin, methamphetamine and a wide array of firearms. In New Jersey, investigators called this drug distribution ring Operation Birdcage.

Allegedly, police seized over 2,000 bags of heroin, a kilo of cocaine, a host of pills and marijuana with an estimated street value of over $300,000. Nine vehicles were seized, along with almost $100,000 in cash and 19 firearms, ranging from assault weapons to handguns and rifles. Police also confiscated an assortment of drug manufacturing equipment.

1 facing drug charges in relation to traffic stop for littering

Littering is a serious offense on its own, and those caught in the act may face monetary fines in relation. However, should a similar action lead to a traffic stop, the situation could become much worse, especially if authorities suspect the presence of further wrongdoing. A 19-year-old man has recently been arrested and is facing drug charges following a traffic stop that took place under similar circumstances in New Jersey.

The incident took place at around 6:40 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning after a police officer claimed to have witnessed a driver throwing trash out the window while waiting at a traffic light. The officer proceeded to initiate a traffic stop and, upon approaching the vehicle, allegedly caught wind of the scent of marijuana. A subsequent search allegedly led the officer to discover the man to be in possession of an unspecified amount of marijuana.

Drunk driving accident shatters utility pole

The penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol can be severe and may include hefty fines and possible jail time. Sometimes, courts recommend suspension of driving privileges and mandate those convicted of such offenses to attend alcohol education programs. In New Jersey and in every other state, those caught drunk driving can expect harsh penalties.

On Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, a suspected drunk driver slammed into a utility pole, closing a major roadway down for the day. On the corner of East Madison Avenue and Chestnut, a utility pole sustained severe damage to its bottom half because of the collision. Tense moments arose when a local electric company truck drove into low hanging wires. There were reports of the pole and wires bouncing and swaying for several minutes. Authorities recommended that residents use other avenues while repairs were underway.

Women killed in drunk driving crash

A devastating crash claimed the life of a woman crossing the street on her way to a local drug store. The accident happened on Sept. 22, 2017, at about 8:15 p.m. at the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Broadway in New Jersey. Police did not indicate whether speed was a factor in the crash. Allegedly, charges of drunk driving, as well as reckless and careless driving, are being filed against the driver.

Supposedly, the driver is a Long Branch police officer and was named "Cop of the Month" in Feb. 2015. Authorities allege that the officer was driving while intoxicated when the women walked out in front of him. He claims the woman was jaywalking and that he had a green light. The responding officer's dashboard camera video shows him recounting this information. No toxicology results are available.

Drunk driving charges filed in New Jersey

Police in New Jersey report that they arrested a man after his vehicle jumped a curb and he became belligerent while in custody. The man has been charged with drunk driving, and he may also face additional charges for refusing a field Breathalyzer test, reckless and careless driving. It was reported that he allegedly asked police to shoot him.

On Oct. 9, law enforcement authorities responded to a report of an SUV that was traveling on a local roadway in Sussex County when it struck a light post.  It was determined that the SUV hit the curb and not the post. At a store in Hopatcong, police found a vehicle with damage to its front-end that matched the marks along the curb. The driver claimed the vehicle was a rental and had front-end damage when he picked it up.

Man faces drunk driving charges

A man crashed his four-door sedan into a concrete structure in the parking lot of a restaurant on Oct. 1. According to authorities, the man panicked while turning onto River Styx Road near the parking lot of the Pavinici Italian Grill in Hopatcong, New Jersey. Allegedly, he will face drunk driving charges. 

At 2:05 a.m. on Sunday, an officer on patrol claims that a driver failed to negotiate a turn and ended up crashing into a concrete wall. The concrete structure turned out to be a well house that provides water to several neighborhoods in that area. The driver, a 26-year-old man, sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Newton Medical Center after failing several field sobriety tests. Supposedly, the man is facing additional charges of reckless and careless driving on top of driving while intoxicated.