FLORHAM PARK, NJ- On February 21, 2017 at 12:56pm, Detective Sergeant Brian Ford of the Florham Park Police Department observed a black Chevy Impala strike a guardrail and operate in an unsafe and erratic manner on Rt. 24 westbound in Florham Park. Det. Sgt. Ford radioed the description of the vehicle to police headquarters and stayed behind the vehicle continuously reporting the location to responding patrol units.
Officer Brian Sampson of the Florham Park Police Department located Det. Sgt. Ford and the suspect vehicle traveling on Rt. 287 south. Officer Sampson activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle; however, the suspect vehicle failed to stop and continued to travel on Rt. 287 south for approximately five miles before exiting onto Harter Road in Morris Township and coming to a stop.
Officer Sampson approached the vehicle joined by Det. Sgt. Ford and Chief Treiber who had also responded to assist. He immediately observed a female slumped over unconscious in the passenger seat experiencing a medical issue. Det. Sgt. Ford radioed for medical assistance and removed the female from the vehicle to perform an evaluation. Morris Township Police Officer Diego Pinheiro responded to assist and administered nasal NARCAN to the female who was exhibiting signs of an opiate overdose. The NARCAN resulted in the female victim regaining consciousness. She was transported to Morristown Medical Center by the Morris Minutemen for additional treatment and observation.
At the same time, Officer Sampson made contact with the driver (Daniel J. Demico, age 55 from South Plainfield, NJ) and observed signs of impairment. Mr. Demico was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest after a brief struggle due to Mr. Demico resisting arrest.
The officers were assisted by officers from the Harding Township Police Department and the New Jersey State Police.
Mr. Demico was placed under arrest and transported to Florham Park Police Headquarters where he was administered a breath test and an examination by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) from Mendham Borough Police Department. The results of the Drug Recognition Expert’s examination revealed Mr. Demico was under the influence of drugs and unable to operate a motor vehicle safely. Mr. Demico was processed and charged by Officer Sampson with eluding, DWI, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Unsafe Lane Change
Mr. Demico was charged on a complaint warrant and transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending future court appearances.