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New Jersey woman charged with drunk driving

A woman believed to have been drunk behind the wheel is in custody after rear-ending a police cruiser and injuring an officer, according to local sources. New Jersey police in Ringwood confirmed the accident took place the evening of Oct. 13. A 55-year-old woman is in custody under suspicion of drunk driving, though no court date has been announced at this time. 

According to the report, the woman was observed traveling at a high rate of speed around 7:20 p.m. when she reportedly crashed into the back of a police cruiser. The force of the impact totaled the cruiser and injured the officer driving it. The officer was taken to a local hospital and treated for knee and neck injuries of unknown severity. The Oakland woman was not injured in the crash. 

School bus driver cited for DUI

A public school bus driver is facing the end of his career after being accused of driving under the influence while transporting children. The 64-year-old man is being held in a local county jail pending court proceedings. No trial date has been scheduled yet. If he is found guilty of DUI, he could lose his job and face considerable jail time, fines and/or the loss of his license. 

According to the report, the driver was seen behaving erratically when he arrived at Clara B. Worth Elementary School in  New Jersey on Oct. 17. The school officials apparently investigated, though it is unclear what they did other than remove the man from the bus. Some 30 children were also taken off the bus and moved to another. 

New Jersey police arrest woman for suspected drunk driving

A woman in Ringwood was arrested after rear-ending a police vehicle, according to local news sources. The New Jersey police cruiser was damaged in the crash and an officer was injured. The woman stands accused of drunk driving as well as vehicular assault. No court date has been announced at this time, and it is not clear if the woman remains in police custody as of this report. 

According to the details provided by officers on the scene, a 55-year-old woman was traveling at a high rate of speed around 7:20 p.m. the evening of Oct. 13 when the accident occurred. She reportedly struck a police cruiser from behind with enough force to total the other vehicle. The officer in the car was taken to a local hospital for treatment for knee and neck injuries. 

New Jersey man charged with drunk driving

A man accused of driving under the influence of alcohol is in custody in Cranford, according to the local police department. The 43-year-old man from Red Bank, New Jersey, was arrested on Sept. 17 after a crash that involved two vehicles. The man was issued multiple motor vehicle summonses for his alleged infractions, including a charge of drunk driving. No court date has been publicly announced at this time, but one has been planned. 

According to the limited information provided by the report, police in Cranford responded to reports of a crash in an intersection. It appears that two vehicles were involved, one driven by the 43-year-old man. An on-scene investigation ensued, during the course of which the man was arrested for driving while intoxicated. 

2 New Jersey police officers charged with DUI

Two police officers from Gloucester Township are facing serious but separate charges after being suspected of driving under the influence, according to local sources. The New Jersey officers, aged 29 and 28, have both been arrested for DUI as a result of separate incidents back on July 18. Both officers have been placed on paid leave while an investigation is conducted into their alleged activities. 

According to the report filed in Gloucester Township, the 29-year-old was arrested after he allegedly struck a pedestrian around 8 p.m. before striking a parked car. He was given a field sobriety test, which he reportedly failed, and he refused to submit to a breath test. The pedestrian was hospitalized for complaints of back and head pain. 

New law could work wonders in preventing DWIs

It’s no secret that driving while intoxicated can come with punishment. Besides carrying around the stigma, convicted offenders must deal with expensive fines and marks on their records. And while first time offenders deal with a significant burden, punishment for repeat offenses gets much worse. It’s a lot harder to be sympathetic to someone who’s learned their lesson and continues to break the law. First time offenders may even take time to sober up before hitting the road, and still be pulled over.

Regardless of what the situation is, there is hope for the prevention of these DWIs. Recently, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy signed a bill into law that will cut down on these repeated offenses. It’s all thanks to a device called the ignition interlock.

Nearly 50 people charged in connection with drug distribution

A huge anti-drug operation in Newark has resulted in the arrests of dozens of people and the recovery of a massive amount of drugs and cash, according to local sources. New Jersey authorities have arrested and/or charged 47 people with a variety of crimes, including drug distribution. Many of those individuals have been apprehended, while several remain at large. Court dates for the incarcerated individuals have not been announced. 

The details of the eight-month investigation, dubbed Operation Short Storm, have not been made public, but it has been confirmed that the drug ring was widespread throughout Essex County. The operation itself centered on the Monroe Street Social Club, where the operation is believed to have been headed up. Dozens of search warrants were executed in the course of Short Storm, resulting in the arrests of 31 people and charges for 16 more. 

New Jersey woman charged with drunk driving

A woman in Chatham is facing criminal charges following a car accident on Aug. 2 that police believe was predicated on intoxication. New Jersey authorities in Chatham Boro arrested her on suspicion of drunk driving after the accident. She was released into the care of a family member pending a court appearance, which has not yet been formally booked. It is unknown if she is represented by a defense attorney at this time. 

Authorities did not elaborate on the exact nature of the car accident other than to say they responded to reports of a motor vehicle crash involving two cars, one of which was driven by a 43-year-old Livingston resident. Officers interviewing her at the crash site said they had reason to believe she may be intoxicated, and so administered field balance tests. It appears she failed these tests as she was arrested and taken to the Madison Police Department. 

1 dead, 1 charged with DUI in boating accident

A 24-year-old man who reportedly fell off a pontoon boat in Lake Hopatcong was found drowned in the lake on Aug. 5, and the man driving the boat is under arrest. New Jersey authorities have charged the 24-year-old boat driver with DUI in connection with the death, which reportedly occurred the night of Aug. 3. He is currently not in police custody, and no court date has yet been reported. 

According to the information provided in the report, the 24-year-old fell off the boat around 7:40 p.m. It is unclear what action the boat driver took, but authorities were alerted and a search was initiated sometime later. Unfortunately, the search had to be called off for the night due to lightning strikes in the area and poor visibility. The search resumed the following morning with rescue boats, helicopters and TEAMS units from the New Jersey State Police.

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