CRANFORD, NJ – Commissioner Andis Kalnins was charged with driving while intoxicated earlier this month.
According to NJ.com, officials from the state police said that Kalnins, 48, was stopped on Oct. 10 at approximately 6:25 p.m. after officers saw him speeding and driving erratically through Warren Township.
He was stopped less than an hour before a township committee meeting that evening, which he arrived to at 9:52 p.m.
Additionally, Kalnins was charged with reckless driving, speeding and failure to stay in his lane, according to NJ.com. State Police have not returned TAPinto Cranford’s request for comment.
“Although I feel that the timing of this information coming out is politically motivated, I am sorry that I put myself in a position to embarrass my family, my supporters and the Township,” Kalnins wrote in a statement released to TAPinto Cranford. “I hope that this incident does not overshadow the good work I have done for the last six years and hope to do in the future. I do take the situation very seriously, and will address it in the court.”
Kalnins, a Republican, is running for re-election to the Cranford Township Committee against three other candidates. News of the arrest was released this week, shortly after Kalnins’ participation in the candidate debate.
“Obviously, this would cause concern,” Kalnins said about the election. “Any bad news is not good. But I think I wear my heart on my sleeve and my intentions have always been well above board.”
Kalnins has served on the township committee for six consecutive years. He was mayor for three years, from 2014 through 2016, and currently serves as the commissioner of finance. Additionally, Kalnins is the president of the board of health and sits on the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority board of commissioners and the Cranford West Committee.
According to NJ.com, he is tentatively scheduled to appear in Warren Municipal Court on Nov. 21.
Editor's note: A previous version of this article ran on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. It was updated to reflect the minutes from the township committee meeting on that date.