JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ – It probably sounded like a great time in the minds of a handful of twenty-somethings, but Jackson Police thought differently. Police spotted two vehicles driving side by side on Route 571, a two-lane road, passing a bottle of alcohol between them as they drove.
At around 7 pm on Saturday, police officers responded to Cassville Road (571) on the report of two vehicles driving side by side, with one in the opposite lane of travel, passing a bottle of alcohol back and forth. The vehicles were located at a traffic light and the initial responding officer was able to observe that they were stopped side by side as vehicle occupants passed a bottle of Fireball Whiskey to each other. A motor vehicle stop was initiated and one vehicle pulled over as the other fled the area. Roadside sobriety testing was conducted after which, the 23-year-old male driver was placed under arrest. He did not comply with officers and resisted and after a struggle was handcuffed.
During a search incident to arrest, officers recovered bottles of alcohol, marijuana and a machete. It was also discovered that the 24-year-old female passenger had an outstanding warrant for her arrest and she was also placed under arrest and the vehicle was impounded as per John’s Law. The 23-year-old male driver of Brooklyn, NY was charged with: driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction, resisting arrest and other charges. He was processed and released on a summons pending a court appearance. The 24-year-old female passenger posted bail on the outstanding warrant and was processed and released.