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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.