October 1, 2015 |
TRENTON - A little-known New Jersey board charged with ensuring that state mandates are paired with funding sources on Tuesday called into question the 2014 state law that requires police departments to outfit newly purchased patrol vehicles with dashboard cameras. The Council on Local Mandates, responding to a complaint from Deptford Township, said it would place a temporary injunction on the law because implementing it could cause "irreparable harm" to the township and others like it. A formal order halting the mandate is expected within weeks.
February 7, 2015 |
TRENTON - New Jersey senators voted Thursday to change the penalties for drunken driving, requiring all first-time DWI offenders to install Breathalyzer-like devices in their vehicles in lieu of lengthy suspensions of their licenses. The legislation was praised by the safety group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), which said New Jersey would become the 25th state to require first-time DWI offenders to install ignition-interlock devices. The bill, which passed the Senate, 29-4, on Thursday and was approved, 46-15 with 14 abstentions, in the Assembly in June, now heads to Gov. Christie.
February 6, 2015 |
As the trial of a Washington Township police officer who arrested an assemblyman on suspicion of drunken driving opened Wednesday, attention was focused on the events of July 31, 2012. That's when Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura pulled over Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty (D., Gloucester), initiating a high-profile controversy with political undertones. DiBuonaventura faces 14 charges - including official misconduct and tampering with records - relating to the arrest, which began when he stopped Moriarty's blue Nissan Murano (with identifiable legislative license plates)
June 26, 2014 |
A Camden County police officer has been removed from street duty and is facing drunken driving charges after he allegedly drove a red pickup truck through three street signs, struck a building, and knocked down the longtime neon sign for Benash Liquors in Cherry Hill. William A. Grasso, 21, of Hammonton, N.J., was charged with suspicion of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. The crash occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Friday in the traffic circle at Route 38 and Church Road.
December 12, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA The filing of criminal charges doesn't change the basic reality for her family, Anne Reid said. Her son and daughter-in-law are still gone. The people who loved them still mourn. On Tuesday, North Carolina authorities announced that a hired limousine driver was allegedly under the influence when his car ran off the highway and crashed four months ago, killing newlywed Philadelphia schoolteachers Will and Jamie Reid. Rodney Koon, 46, of Asheville, N.C., was charged with driving while impaired and two counts of felony death by motor vehicle in the Aug. 11 wreck.
March 9, 2013 |
A Pennsauken Township police officer has been named New Jersey's DWI Top Gun for 2012. Officer Joseph Kuchmek, an eight-year veteran of the force, made 86 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, officials said. He was named the DWI Top Gun by the state Attorney General Office's Division of Highway Safety and will be honored at a ceremony in Trenton on April 24. Pennsauken Police Chief John Coffey said his department's traffic division "regularly makes more DWI arrests than any other traffic division in South Jersey.
January 10, 2013 |
East Greenwich Township Mayor Fred Grant voted to lay off a part-time officer who law enforcement officials said helped arrest him on drunken-driving and speeding charges in July, a move denounced Wednesday by the police chief as a conflict of interest. Grant was driving 91 m.p.h. in a 45-m.p.h. zone on Kings Highway in the Gloucester County township July 31, according to police, and was charged with driving under the influence. "I don't feel the mayor should be able to discuss personnel issues or budgetary issues with police when he has a pending DWI case in town.
January 5, 2013 |
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Sen. Michael Crapo pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of driving while intoxicated and then apologized for his actions and asked forgiveness from his constituents. The Idaho Republican said nothing during a brief appearance in Alexandria General District Court, where he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor and was ordered to pay a $250 fine and complete an alcohol safety program. He also agreed to a 12-month suspension of his driver's license. The sentence is typical for first-time drunken-driving offenders in Virginia.
September 23, 2012
Authorities in Cumberland County, N.J., say a man who caused a crash that killed Millville Patrol Officer Christopher Reeves on July 8 was driving drunk. Timothy Seidel, 23, of Commercial Township, has been charged with driving while intoxicated, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said Friday. Seidel already had been charged with vehicular homicide and other offenses. Police say he was fleeing police when he crashed into Reeves' cruiser. An officer riding with Reeves was injured.
August 4, 2012 |
The widow of Philadelphia Police Officer Brian Lorenzo is suing the Bensalem T.G.I. Friday's restaurant that served alcohol to the wrong-way driver who allegedly struck and killed him last month. Also named as defendants in the suit, filed late Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, is the restaurant's parent company, Carlson, and John D. Leck Jr., identified as the driver of the Audi A6 that struck and killed Lorenzo on July 8. Leck, 47, of Levittown, drank "at least six alcoholic beverages," including three 22-ounce Coors Lights, one 14-ounce Coors Light, and two vodka drinks, at the Friday's on Street Road, according to the suit.