Drunk Drivers Continue Ignoring “Essential Travel” Restrictions in Lacey Township


LACEY TOWNSHIP-Last week, Lacey police charged at least 5 people with drunk driving despite Governor Phil Murphy’s executive orders barring non-essential vehicular traffic.   Unlike normal DWI charges outside of the pandemic, most of these arrests were made during daylight hours.

DWI- On Saturday, April 11, 2020, at 8:54 p.m., police headquarters received a call of a male subject slumped over in his vehicle on Beach Boulevard. Officer Scott Keefe arrived and determined that the driver, David Dasilva, 61, was intoxicated. Dasilva was arrested and charged with DWI and Failure to Submit to Breath Samples.

DWI- On Monday, April 13, 2020, at 2:11 p.m., Officers Michael Verwey and John Simonson responded to 7-Eleven, 930 Lacey Road, after a caller reported an erratic driver.  Officer Verwey interviewed the driver, Lisa Benson, 45, of Manahawkin at which time she was placed her under arrest for DWI.  Benson was issued summonses for DWI and Reckless Driving.

DWI-   On Monday, April 13, 2020, at 5:39 p.m., Officers Bruce Carver and Michael Hutman responded to the Home Depot parking lot for a reported two-car accident.  Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of one driver, Jessica Linstra, 46, for DWI. Linstra was issued motor vehicle summons for DWI, Reckless Driving, and Careless Driving.

DWI- On Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at 5:01 p.m., Officers Randolph Plis and Brian Holt responded to a two-car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Parker Avenue.  During the investigation, John O’Neill, 32, was placed under arrest for DWI.  O’Neill was charged with DWI, Reckless Driving, and Careless Driving.

DWI- On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at 2:20 p.m., Officers Randolph Plis and Michael Verwey responded to 403 Sunrise Boulevard for a report of a vehicle striking a mailbox.  Investigation at the scene revealed that Jessica Linstra, 46, was the driver involved in the accident and was placed under arrest for DWI.  Linstra was charged with DWI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, Failure to Report an Accident and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

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