LIVINGSTON, NJ – Authorities have shut down a section of South Livingston Avenue for an indefinite period of time following the release of chemicals police believe to have been used in the process of making methamphetamine, into the area. New Jersey State Hazmat and Nutley Hazmat are reportedly working to secure the area.
Just before 5 p.m., Livingston police received several calls from motorists, describing an erratic driver heading down Livingston Avenue. Officers spotted and arrested the perpetrator, a male, who reportedly was driving under the influence of illegal drugs. Upon searching his vehicle, police found several canisters inside, one of which was opened containing the chemicals.
The arresting officers subsequently became sick after breathing in the contents of the opened canister and were sent to St. Barnabas Medical Center for treatment, along with the arrested motorist.
According to Sgt. Anthony Dippold, the arresting officers were unable to make reports and that more substantial information would be given when available.