BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township police this week issued a report on the arrests of two township residents on charges of allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.
Police said that shortly after midnight on Nov. 13, a resident of Basking Ridge, NJ was stopped for an alleged motor vehicle violation and subsequently arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.
Police said Rudrapras Bhattacharjee, 41, was stopped by Lt. Eric Geleta on King George Road. The officer reported that he smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Bhattacharjee’s person. Field sobriety tests were conducted and Bhattacharjee was subsequently arrested on the charge of driving under the influence, according to police. He also reportedly consented to the taking of breath sample, and police said his blood alcohol content allegedly was more than twice the legal limit.
Also on Nov. 13, another Basking Ridge residents, 29-year-old Robert Piper was stopped for motor vehicle violations and subsequently arrested for allegedly driving under the influence, police said. Piper was stopped because the Ford F350 pickup he was driving had partially functioning headlights and a missing front passenger side tire, according to the police report.
As Piper was driving, the vehicle was causing a large cloud of debris and dirt on the roadway as he was driving on a bare rim which was scraping against the asphalt, police said.
Upon speaking with officers, township police allegedly smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Piper’s person. Piper was placed under arrest for allegedly driving under the influence. He reportedly refused to consent to the taking of breath samples, according to police.
Police added that the charges are an accusation, and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Township Police also issued a reminder to residents to report suspicious activity by calling the police department at 908-766-1122. In the wake of numerous vehicle thefts and burglaries of items within unlocked cars, police also urged residents to keep vehicles locked, without the keys in them and valuables out of sight. "Pay attention to suspicious activity at neighbors’ residences and of vehicles that appear suspicious in parks and parking lots," police added.