Police & Fire

Three Arrests Made for Drunk Driving in Fairfield

August 19, 2014 at 6:45 AM

FAIRFIELD, NJ - As  a result of the first weekend of increased drunk driving enforcement patrols in Fairfield, as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, three arrests for alleged drunken driving in three separate incidents were made.

On Aug. 15, at approximately 10:40 p.m., Fairfield officers found Thomas Jowers, 55, of Inkster, Mich., asleep in the cab of his tractor trailer on the shoulder of Route 46 East, near the Target store, with the truck’s engine running.

Further investigation by the officers revealed that Jowers’ condition was consistent with someone under the influence. The officers attempted to conduct field sobriety tests on him but he allegedly would not cooperate. He was then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for breath testing and his tractor-trailer was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

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While at headquarters, it is alleged that Jowers refused to submit proper samples of his breath for testing and was charged with driving under the influence, refusal to submit to breath testing, operating a commercial vehicle while under the influence, refusal to submit to breath samples while operating a commercial vehicle and improper parking on the highway.

Jowers was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an Aug. 27 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

On August 16 at approximately 11:40 p.m., Fairfield officers allegedly observed a 1994BMW, exit a driveway near the McDonalds restaurant, located on Route 46 East. The BMW entered the highway and allegedly began to travel west in the eastbound lanes of Route 46.

Officers immediately attempted to get the attention of the driver, later identified as JU (32) of New York City, by driving their police vehicles onto the grass median with lights and sirens on, however JU did not stop or slow down.

Officers were finally able to get the vehicle stopped near the Comfort Inn hotel, approximately three quarters of a mile from where the vehicle first began traveling the wrong way on the highway. It was reported that at least five vehicles that were traveling east on Route 46 had to avoid a collision with the BMW.

Investigation at the scene, which included the administering of standard field sobriety testing resulted in JU being placed under arrest without incident and his BMW being impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

JU was taken to headquarters for breath testing and was charged with operating while under the influence, operating with a suspended license, driving the wrong way on the highway, careless driving, and failure to produce an insurance card. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of Aug. 27 in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

The last incident took place on Aug. 17 at approximately 8:40 p.m., while Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol on Two Bridges Road. He observed a 1999 Chevrolet with a brake light that was allegedly not working. The officer followed the vehicle onto Route 80 East where it allegedly had difficulty maintaining its lane. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Anibal Correa (34) of Paterson.

During the course of the stop, Dean allegedly made observations concerning Correa’s condition which resulted in the administering of standard field sobriety testing, ultimately leading to Correa’s arrest without incident. His vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law and he was taken to headquarters for breath testing.

Correa was charged with operating under the influence, improper maintenance of lamps, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane and was eventually released on his own recognizance with an initial court date scheduled for Aug. 20 in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against all three men are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Authorized by: Deputy Chief Anthony Manna, Officer in Charge

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