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New Year's Eve celebration gets man drunk driving charges

New Year's Eve is one of the most celebrated nights of the entire year. Those celebrations often include the consumption of alcohol, so with that in mind police forces are usually fully staffed that night to deal with the elevated number of intoxicated drivers and resulting accidents. The number of drunk driving arrests is higher on New Year's Eve than most nights of the year. One New Jersey man never got to see the ball drop because he was arrested for drunk driving about three hours earlier after reportedly blocking traffic with his vehicle.

The local police department received complaints of a vehicle stopped in the road and blocking traffic around 8:20 that evening. When an officer arrived at the scene, he reportedly found a man sitting in his SUV in the travel lane. Upon interacting with the man, the policeman says he suspected he had been drinking. The responding officer administered a variety of field sobriety tests, which he claimed the man failed. The officer then arrested him.

Bad luck finds lottery winner charged with drug and gun crimes

Most lottery winners in New Jersey and across the country can say that their lives drastically changed in a positive way after their fortunate purchase. Many are traveling the world, living in lavish houses and driving expensive cars. One New Jersey man who actually hit the lottery twice in one year is in a very different situation. He has been arrested and charged with numerous drug and gun crimes.

A 53-year-old New Jersey man best known for winning the lottery twice within a year was recently pulled over for only having one license plate on his vehicle. During the stop, police report they seized a bullet-proof vest, multiple guns, including an assault rifle, ammunition and 350 prescription pills. The find caused police to search his lavish apartment the following day, which allegedly revealed cocaine, marijuana and more prescription pills. During the search, police found paperwork leading them to a storage building where they reportedly found three more guns, silencers, hollow-point bullets and large capacity magazines. Police claim to have found a total of six guns of various brands and styles, none of which were registered.

Grandparents arrested for drug possession with intent to sell

When most people think of grandparents they think of baking cookies, going fishing or playing catch. Most don't associate grandparents with drug deals, forged prescriptions and arrest records. Police say one New Jersey couple, however, traded their fishing pole and apron for painkillers and handcuffs. The grandparents were arrested recently following a raid on their home. They were charged with a variety of crimes, including drug possession with intent to sell.

After obtaining a search warrant based on tips, police raided the New Jersey home of a couple, both of whom are in their 60s. Inside they claim to have found a large quantity of prescription pills, hash oil and $16,000 cash they believed to be drug money. Allegedly, they also found forged prescriptions, the method by which police believed the couple obtained their illegal product. The husband, who was home at the time, was arrested at the scene, and the wife was arrested at her place of work soon after.

Police say man tried to leave the scene of a drunk driving crash

It is one of the most basic of instincts people develop as children -- to flee when facing potential trouble. Often, when a parent discovers a child holding a forbidden item, the immediate response from the child is to drop the object and run away as if the lack of his presence would indicate he was never there. These practices often follow through into adulthood. Sometimes, when an adult finds himself in a situation that could get him into trouble, the natural response is to leave the scene and hope no one knows he was there. That is what police claim a New Jersey man did last week after he was involved in a drunk driving crash.

On the evening of November 18, police were called to the scene of a hit-and run crash. A driver had accidentally run into a parked car, causing damage to his vehicle so severe that he was not able to drive it away. Instead, the man and a female passenger reportedly attempted to flee the scene on foot. The person who had made the call to the police to report the accident identified the couple as the occupants of the disabled vehicle.

What you need to know about restraining orders

A restraining order is an order from the court that is put in place to offer protection to a person who feels their safety is in jeopardy from someone who may cause them bodily harm. The restraining order, also referred to as a protection order, prohibits the person named in the order from having any contact with the issuer of the order.

A restraining order will prohibit the alleged attacker from coming within a certain distance of the victim. This will include all areas, including a home, workplace or any other places that the victim is frequently at.

Pediatric gastroenterologist faces drug distribution charges

Choosing a pediatrician is one of the most carefully considered decisions parents make. Parents put an enormous amount of trust in their children's doctors, because they literally put the children's lives in their hands. A parent likes to think the pediatrician he or she chose for his or her child is trustworthy, competent and well-educated. It is almost unthinkable for a pediatrician to be involved in drug activity, but one New Jersey doctor was recently arrested for drug distribution.

A 60-year-old pediatric gastroenterologist was arrested after visiting multiple New Jersey pharmacies with two other men in what police say was an attempt to collect a supply of several prescription drugs. According to reports, the trio went from pharmacy to pharmacy to gather a wide combination of medications, including Xanax, Adderall, gabapentin, oxycodone and other highly-controlled substances for nonmedical reasons. Reportedly, one of the men had successfully received a large supply of three different drugs before group was arrested.

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