FAIRFIELD, NJ — A 64-year-old Caldwell man was recently arrested in Fairfield for driving under the influence (DUI) and being in possession of an air/spring handgun and handcuffs.
Just after midnight last Thursday, Fairfield Officer Steven Ptaszynski was monitoring traffic on Route 46 near the Crown Plaza hotel when he observed a pick-up truck with an unauthorized LED off-road light on that was blinding to oncoming traffic. As Ptaszynski began following the vehicle, the truck abruptly crossed three travel lanes to exit onto Two Bridges Road, according to police.
After identifying Rosenblatt as the driver, the officer said Rosenblatt displayed signs and symptoms of being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath as well as bloodshot, watery and droopy eyes. His speech was also slowed and slurred, according to police, which prompted the initiation of field sobriety testing.
After handcuffing Roseblatt and arresting him for DUI, the officer found that Rosenblatt had a holster on his belt with no handgun in it. Further investigation led to the discovery of a 6mm Walther PPQ spring-loaded BB gun on the floor of the pickup truck.
Also found in the vehicle were two sets of handcuffs, a large machete, a 12-inch hunting knife and a wooden nightstick. These items were seized, the vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law and Rosenblatt was transported to headquarters for breath testing and processing.
In addition to the criminal and DUI charges, Rosenblatt was also charged with careless driving, failure to maintain a lane, having unapproved equipment on his vehicle and having unclear plates. He was transported to the Essex County Correction Facility in Newark pending an initial appearance in Superior Court.