Police & Fire

Fairfield Police Make Two DWI Arrests Within Minutes of Each Other

February 26, 2013 at 12:17 AM

FAIRFIELD, NJ - Early Saturday morning, within minutes of each other, two individuals were placed under arrest by Fairfield Police for allegedly driving while intoxicated; Alejandro Gonzalez-Scott, 32, of Lyndhurst and Michael Andrews, 40, of Andover.

Officer Brian Sabatelli noticed Gonzalez-Scott allegedly driving dangerously on Route 46 West; he was pulled over after police witnessed that his Honda appeared to be exiting at the Two Bridges Road exit ramp, but then it veered right back onto the highway, almost striking a curb. Gonzalez-Scott was charged with DWI, DWI in a school zone and some other motor vehicle violations. He is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court on Thursday.

While this incident with Gonzalez-Scott was taking place, Officer Frank Tracey arrived to assist Sabatelli. At this time, Tracey witnessed Andrew’s Dodge pickup truck allegedly traveling west on Route 46;  Andrews was said to be speeding in the right lane and, when nearing the officers, apparently never slowed down or moved to the left lane, which all motor vehicles are supposed to do when emergency workers are on the shoulder. Eventually pulling over near Plymouth Street, Andrews was charged by Tracey with DWI, DWI in a school zone and some other motor vehicle violations. He was also given an initial court appearance at the Fairfield Municipal Court on Thursday.

Deputy Chief Anthony Manna of the Fairfield Police issued the following statement:

The Fairfield Police Department, in its efforts in keeping our roadways safe from drunk drivers, announces the arrest of Alejandro Gonzalez-Scott (32) of Lyndhurst, N.J. and Michael Andrews (40) of Andover, N.J. for allegedly driving while intoxicated. The arrest of both individuals took place on February 23, 2013 in two separate incidents within minutes of each other.

The first took place at approximately 2:06 AM. That is when Officer Brian Sabatelli observed a 2007 Honda traveling west on Route 46, appear to be exiting at the Two Bridges Road exit ramp. The vehicle then allegedly suddenly veered right back onto the highway, almost striking a curb. The vehicle was then stopped and the driver was allegedly found to be Gonzalez-Scott. The officer conducted a roadside investigation which ultimately led to the arrest. Gonzalez-Scott was charged with DWI, DWI in a school zone and some other motor vehicle violations. He is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court of February 28, 2013.

Officer Frank Tracey arrived to assist Officer Sabatelli while he was conducting the previously mentioned motor vehicle stop. While assisting, Officer Tracey allegedly observed a 2011 Dodge pickup truck, traveling west on Route 46 and approaching the officers. The vehicle was allegedly traveling in excess of the speed limit and was in the right lane. As the truck passed the officers, the vehicle allegedly never slowed down or moved to the left lane as is required by New Jersey law when emergency vehicle are conducting operations on the shoulder of the roadway. 

The officer then got into his vehicle and went after the Dodge and eventually stopped it near Plymouth Street. The driver was identified as Michael Andrews. The officer conducted a field investigation which ultimately led to Andrews’ arrest. He was later charged with DWI, DWI in a school zone and some other motor vehicle violations. He was also given an initial court appearance date of February 28, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law). 

For further information:

Fairfield Police Department
Chief of Police:  Charles Voelker
Deputy Chief: Anthony Manna
230 Fairfield Road
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Facebook: Fairfield Oem

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