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Police Blotter Nov-Dec-January 2017

A 22-year-old Hillsborough man was arrested on Nov. 21 at 4:35 am when he stopped on the way to work at the Mill Pond Park, which was closed between dusk and dawn. He was found by MTPD, who also detected the odor of marijuana coming from his car. A search revealed marijuana and a homemade pipe. He was arrested, taken to MTPD HQ for processing, and charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and violating the local ordinance against being in the park after hours.
MTPD and MEMS responded on to a car accident at 263 Wall St at 5:51 pm, when a car driven by a 31-year-old North Brunswick woman, eastbound in the parking lot, was struck by a car driven by a 26-year-old Fallsington PA woman, southbound through the parking lot stalls, who failed to yield to the first car, which left the roadway and struck a tree. The driver and one of the two occupants of that car complained of pain and were taken to Somerset Hospital by EMS. Why Somerset? Because RWJ and UMCP are inaccessible in emergencies at rush hour, thanks to the closed Rt. 518 bridge. Thank you, Gov. Christie, and we'll be glad when you're gone, you rascal you. The second driver was ticketed for careless driving. The first driver was ticketed for driving with a suspended license. Both cars were towed.

Township police arrested a 36-year-old Trenton man on Dec. 13, after a pick-up truck in which he was a passenger, was stopped after it was seen in the area where a burglary in progress had been called in. He was found to have an outstanding $156 warrant from E. Windsor PD. The burglary call was unfounded.

On Dec. 14 at 5:16 am MTPD responding to a call of a car off the road in the area of Belle Mead-Griggstown Rd., found an 18-year-old driver augured into a tree. He said that he was on his cell phone, turning off of Red Oak Way, didn't see the stop sign, and crossed Belle Mead-Griggstown Rd and hit the tree. However, officers detected alcohol on his breath, administered field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was arrested for DWI, under aged driving while intoxicated, failing to stop for a stop sign, illegal use of a hand-held device, careless driving, and failure to produce a driver's license. His car was impounded and he was released to a responsible person with a date in Municipal Court.

Dec. 18. What a busy day! A two-car accident at the intersection of Rt. 601 and Sunset Rd. at 6:43 am resulted when a 48-year-old Hillsborough man, southbound on Rt. 601, attempted to pass another southbound vehicle driven by a 53-year-old Wyandotte, MI man with his blinkers on at the intersection. As the Hillsborough man began to pass, the Wyandotte man attempted to turn left onto Sunset. They collided, and the first car left the roadway and hit a fence. No injuries reported and both cars could still be driven, but the Hillsborough driver was ticketed for improper passing.

Later that same morning, also on Rt. 601 near Elm Dr., there was another two-car accident when a 23-year-old Killingworth, CT driver's foot slipped off the brake pedal and her car struck the one ahead, which had been stopped for traffic, driven by a 29-year-old Skillman driver. Both cars were damaged, but drivable. The first driver was ticketed for careless driving.

A fallen tree branch took down some wires on Rt. 518on Dec. 18 at 2:17 pm, which brought out MTPD and Montgomery Fire Co. #2. The highway was closed until PSEG could respond and move the wire. No injuries reported.

And at 2:32 pm on Dec. 18, another two-car accident, this time on Rt. 533 and the Griggstown Causeway, when a 22-year-old Griggstown man, southbound on Rt. 533, was unable to stop in time to avoid rear-ending the car ahead, which had slowed, then stopped, to turn onto the Causeway. That car was driven by a 40-year-old Hillsborough woman, whose passenger complained of pain and was taken to UMCP by MEMS. Both cars were drivable, but the first car was ticketed for careless driving.

On Dec. 22, MTPD, Montgomery Fire Companies #1 and 2 and MEMS responded to a single-car accident on Cherry Valley Rd. near Ironwood Rd. Arriving MTPD found an overturned pickup truck blocking Cherry Valley, with the driver trapped inside. The westbound driver says he swerved to avoid a deer and the passenger side tires got stuck in the ditch; then the car hit a culvert, which capsized it. The roadway was closed for abut 90 minutes and the driver was taken to RWJH.

A 47-year-old Rocky Hill man was arrested for defiant trespass on Dec. 22 at 8:15 am for panhandling at the 24 Club of Princeton. He had been banned in the past and was back again, for which he was arrested, taken to MTPD HQ, and charged and released pending a court date. However, he was arrested again for defiant trespass at a Montgomery Shopping Center store on Jan. 12. He had been told to leave and don't come back, but he did anyway. He was unable to post bail and now resides at Somerset County Jail pending sentencing.

MTPD arrested a 30-year-old Franklin Township woman on Christmas Eve at 1:23 for having a little too much Merry Christmas spirits on Rt. 206 near Harlingen Rd. when she was seen unable to maintain her lane. She failed a field sobriety test, and was taken to MTPD HQ, where she was charged with DWI, careless driving, refusal and failure to maintain a lane of travel.

At 11 pm Christmas Eve, a 34-year-old Skillman man, stopped by the side of Rt. 206 near Wood Thrush Lane, was found to be intoxicated after he admitted to having been drinking. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DWI, careless driving (!), and driving without a license. He was released to a friend with a date in court.

Officer Ryan Gray stopped a car on Dec. 27 driven by a 19-year-old Hillsborough man for inoperable brake lights, and found that the driver had marijuana on him. He was taken to HQ and charged with possession of a dangerous substance, driving with inoperable lights, possession of a dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, and driving with a suspended license.

Icy conditions on Dec. 29 resulted in a series of accidents at the Rt. 518 Bridge just east of Cherry Hill Rd. starting when an eastbound Lambertville driver, whose car slid on the roadway into the path of a westbound car driven by a Kingston resident. A westbound Princeton driver came upon the scene and stopped to call 911. Big mistake. Then her car was hit by an eastbound car, driven by a California resident. The Princeton driver was injured and transported by MEMS to UMCP, who also treated two other drivers at the scene.

A 43-year-old Hillsborough driver had a rude awakening on New Year's Eve at 7:40 am while driving on Rt. 601 just south of Sunset. The 43-year-old Hillsborough driver reported falling asleep before his car drifted off the right side of Rt. 601 before hitting a utility pole just south of Sunset Rd. His car had to be towed and he was ticketed for careless driving.

Officer Jason Larsen arrested a 22-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman, both from Belle Mead, on Jan. 2, 2017 for possession of marijuana when he found their car parked in Mill Pond Park after hours. Both were taken to HQ, where he was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; she was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

On Jan. 7, Officer Larsen stopped a car driven by a 30-year-old South Plainfield man who had an outstanding warrant from Fanwood Municipal Court. He was taken to MTPD HQ, and released ROR with a speeding ticket.

A 38-year-old Belle Mead man, eastbound on Belle Mead-Griggstown Rd. near River Rd. on Jan. 7, lost control of his car, which left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Neither he nor any of his six passengers were injured. He was ticketed for failure to maintain a lane.

Officer Ryan Gray stopped a car on Jan. 8, driven by a 23-year-old Belle Mead man for multiple vehicle violations and found that the driver has drug paraphernalia, for which he was arrested, processed and released pending a date at Municipal Court.