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MTPD Police Blotter - October – November 2017

MTPD officers found a car parked behind the Harlingen Village Shopping center on Oct. 19 at 1:09 am. Inside was a 51-year-old Washington, DC man who said he was visiting family in the area. He appeared to have been drinking, and after failing a field sobriety test, he was arrested for DUI. He was also arrested for possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and for drug paraphernalia. His car was impounded and he was released to a family member with two criminal and three motor vehicle charges.

On Oct. 23 at 2:13 am, MTPD responded to a single-car accident on Rt. 518 near the Princeton Elks after a 55-year-old Plainsboro woman, eastbound, drove off the road and hit a pole. She had also been drinking, and after failing a field sobriety test., was arrested for DUI. What was left of her car was impounded. She also went home with tickets for reckless driving, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane.

"Where there is smoke there's..." MTPD found a 19-year-old North Brunswick man smoking pot on Oct. 25 at 6:59 pm near Mystic Dr. and Hartwick Ct. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.

Buckle up, boys and girls: a 28-year-old North Haledon driving on Rt. 206 at Pike Run Rd was stopped on Oct. 25 at 11:48 am when Township Police officers noted a non-functioning brake light and that the front seat passenger, a 27-year-old Newark man, wasn't wearing his seat belt. The officer noted the smell of marijuana, and a search turned up a bag of marijuana and a glass pipe. Both driver and passenger were arrested; the driver charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to maintain lamps, and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. The passenger was charged with possession of prescription legend drugs, possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Oh, and failure to wear a seat belt.

Next time, just break the window: on Oct. 25, a19-year-old Newark man called Township Police for help getting into his girlfriend's vehicle after locking himself out with the keys inside. After getting permission from the car's owner, MTPD got the door open with a lock-out kit, whereupon they immediately detected the odor of marijuana. A search turned up pot, a marijuana grinder, and various bottles of alcoholic beverages. He was arrested and charged with possession under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, and under aged possession of alcohol. Nice one.

On Nov. 2 at 12:44 pm, Township offices responded to a call about an unconscious driver on Rt. 206 near the Montgomery Shopping Center. The driver, a 44-year-old Ewing Township man, was "under the influence of an inhalant," for which he was given a DWI, and also charged with being under the influence of an inhalant, possession of drug paraphernalia, and other motor vehicle violations. He was taken to Princeton-Plainsboro Medical center before being arrested, and sent home with a date to appear in Municipal Court.

A 27-year-old Bedminster man was stopped for speeding on River Rd. on Nov. 3 at 10:07 pm and found to have no front license plate on his car and the odor of marijuana arising from the interior. He too, was found to be holding a grinder full of marijuana and a glass pipe, for which he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding and failure to have a front plate.

On Nov. 5 at 1:57 am a 56-year-old Raritan woman was arrested after Township Police saw her swerving on Rt. 206. She admitted to having been drinking, and after failing a field sobriety test, was arrested and charged with DWI, failing to maintain a lane, failure to keep right, reckless driving, failure to wear a seatbelt, driving with a suspended license and being an unlicensed driver.

A westbound car on Orchard Rd. driven by an 18 year old Flemington resident, turning left onto Burnt Hill Rd., pulled into the path of an approaching MTPD SUV, with flashing lights and siren, which had been responding to an emergency call on Nov. 9 at 5:31 pm. Bad move. The driver, one of the two passengers, and a MTPD officer were taken to RWJH by MEMS. A second passenger , the driver's 44-year-old mother, who had been in the back seat, was also taken there with serious injuries and is listed in critical condition at RWJH-New Brunswick. The accident is being investigated by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Crash Analysis Response Team. Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor, and MTPD Director Wain are asking if anyone witnessed the accident, to call MTPD at 908-359-3222, or the County prosecutor at 908-541-5042.

Meanwhile, in October, the Montgomery Township Police Department investigated 206 criminal reports, including ten thefts and two burglaries, and one motor vehicle theft, the total loss was valued at $26,109.20. $11,777.49 worth of stolen property was recovered. There were 63 burglar alarms to check out, 1,054 motor vehicle stops resulting in 340 tickets issued, and 63 car accidents. A total of 28 arrests were made, including ten adult drug arrests and one juvenile drug arrest.

Police Blotter September – October 2017

A Montgomery resident who hired an Edison-based carpet cleaning company on Sept. 12 later found that someone removed three checks from her home. After contacting her bank, she discovered that someone had cashed two of the checks for a total loss of $600. MTPD detectives followed up and discovered that a 30-year-old Asbury Park man, a member of the carpet cleaning crew, had cashed the checks. He actually confessed to MTPD detectives, for which he was charged with theft and theft by deception. He was released ROR.

A 21-year-old Piscataway man was arrested on Sept. 17 at 9:27 pm when MTPD officers responded to a disabled car on Rt. 601 near Pleasant View Rd. The driver had crashed his car in a single-car accident and, they found, had been drinking. The driver failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DWI and hindering prosecution. He also had an active warrant from Edison for $2,500. His passenger was also charged with hindering apprehension. The car was impounded and the driver released to a relative.

"Show me the way to go home. I'm tired and I want to go to bed." On Sept. 19 at 7:21 am, MTPD arrested a 24-year-old Brooklyn man after they found him sleeping in his car, which had been parked on the shoulder of Rt. 206 near Bridgepoint Rd. That seemed like an odd place to stop, but arriving officers detected the odor of marijuana, and a search turned up a small quantity of pot and paraphernalia, for which the driver was charged. He was also charged with possession of CDS in a motor vehicle and failing to have insurance.

On Sept. 21, two persons were arrested at 10:34 pm after MTPD officers stopped their westbound car on Rt. 518 for a dead driver's-side taillight, and noted the smell of marijuana coming from the car. The driver, a 25-year-old Atlantic City woman, was arrested for possession of under 50 grams of pot, and possession of drug paraphernalia; the passenger, a 26-year-old Orlando, FL man, was arrested for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. Both were released ROR after processing at MTPD HQ.

Officer Clifford conducted a business check on Sept. 23 at 2:10 am and found a car parked after hours, whose driver, a 53-year-old Jersey City man, had active warrants: $159 to Englewood Cliffs, $120 to Atlantic City, $89 to Parsippany, and $89to Allamuchy Township. My, he did get around, especially after posting bail at MTPD HQ.

MTPD Officer Peterson stopped a 25-year-old East Orange woman for speeding on Sept. 23 at 3:12 am, and detected the smell of marijuana coming from her car. A search turned up marijuana and paraphernalia. She was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle.

A 60-year-old Belle Mead driver, southbound on Rt. 206 on Sept. 23 at 8:24 pm, attempting a left turn to get into Pike Run, drove into the path of a northbound car driven by a 28-year-old Madison man. MEMS responded, but both drivers refused medical attention. Both cars had to be towed. The first driver was ticketed for careless driving.

Driving with an overdue inspection sticker on Rt. 518 on Sept. 25 at 8:30 am resulted in an arrest for a 52-year-old New Brunswick man who was found to have active New Brunswick warrants totaling $1,000. He was arrested and released ROR.

Driving a commercial vehicle while using a cell phone on Sept. 27 at 11:43 am resulted in an arrest for a 30-year-old Newton man, who was found to have an active $150 warrant from Harrison, NJ. He was arrested and released ROR with a ticket for using a hand-held device while driving.

A 63-year-old Somerset man was arrested on Oct. 1 for DWI after MTPD responded to a report of a two-car accident on Rt. 206 and Belle Mead-Griggstown Rd. He managed to drive his pickup truck into a second car. He showed signs of being drunk, failed a field sobriety test, and was charged with DWI before being released to a family member.

Sharp-eyed MTPD officers recognized the passenger of a car travelling on River Rd. near the Causeway on Oct. 3 at 12:20 pm, as someone with an active $500 warrant from New Brunswick. They stopped the car and arrested the man, who was unable to post bond, and was locked up in Middlesex County Jail.
Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson announced on Oct. 5, the Sept. 25 arrest of a 35-year-old Lawrence, NJ man. The defendant was employed as a teacher's aid at East Mountain School at Carrier Clinic when, they say, he had sexual contact with a 17-year-old female student. He also contacted her by cell phone prior to the assault. He was arrested at his home and charged with 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child, 2nd degree criminal sexual contact, and 3rd degree witness tampering. He was locked up in Somerset County jail without bail, pending a hearing.

A 33-year-old Plainfield man was arrested on Oct. 7 at 12:36 pm when Officer Chapkowski conducted a random license plate check. The driver, who had an active warrant for $217 from East Orange, was released from MTPD HQ after posting bail.

MTPD arrested a Montgomery Township resident on Oct. 9 at 12:31 pm after the man called the police to complain about traffic speeding past his home. During the call, the man then threatened violence on members of the police department. Office Parlow investigated, then arrested the man for disorderly conduct.

A 28-year-old Somerville woman ws arrested on Oct. 12 at 6:55 am. MTPD officers saw him stopped on the shoulder on Rt. 206 and a computer search turned up an active $250 warrant from Plainfield. He was released after posting bail.