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Cop Says Driver Nearly Hit Him Head-on, Driver Arrested

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RARITAN TWP. – Police received a call March 12 from an off-duty Readington police officer who told them that a vehicle had nearly hit him head-on and provided its license plate number.

When Raritan Twp. poilice found the vehicle, they said it was being driven without the headlights on. Patrolman  Ryan Barry stopped the vehicle on Case Boulevard around 7:23 p.m. and arrested Sofia D. Cascante, 20, of Raritan Township and charged her with driving under the influence of prescription medication.

Cascante  was also charged with reckless driving and failure to use headlamps as required. The vehicle was towed and Cascante was released to her father.

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In other arrests:

  • Kenzie R. Lane, 23 of Flemington, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after she was stopped by Patrolman Ryan Berry around 1:15 a.m. Police said they were called to the Route 31 area with the license plate of a possibly intoxicated driver. When they arrived, police said they found her vehicle parked off of the road on the grass, facing the wrong way.

Lane was also charged careless driving, reckless driving and refusal to submit to chemical breath testing. The vehicle was towed and Lane was taken to Hunterdon Medical Center for evaluation.

  • Ian J. Walsh, 19 of Raritan Township, was arrested by Patrolman Robert Landolina who stopped him around 1:03 a.m. March 16 while driving on Route 31 because his license plate light was out. Walsh was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia (pipes with burnt marijuana residue and a metal tin with rawmarijuana residue), and given  motor vehicle summonses for failure to maintain lamps and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was released.
  • When police received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the Flemington South Community Pool on Wellington Avenue around 9:47 p.m. March 17, they said they found Janvier Raymundo, Jr., 18, of Raritan Township and arrested him. He was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia (glass pipe containing burnt marijuana residue and a grinder containing raw marijuana). He was also issued a motor vehicle summons for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Raymundo was released to a friend.
  • Pinky G. Capua, 36 of Raritan Township, was charged with shoplifting from Walmart on Route 31 around 12:35 p.m. Sunday. Police said they were called to the store by a loss prevention employee who saw Capua put clothing and other store merchandise into reusable shopping bags and a back pack and then put them in her shopping cart. The employee also told them that Capua went through a checkout line and paid for some other items in her cart, but not the items concealed in the bags, police said.

Capua was stopped by the loss prevention employee and $236.02 of store merchandise was recovered from the bags and backpack, according to police. Capua was taken into custody and was released. The investigation and arrest was by Patrolman Adam Swiatek.

  • Patrolman Robert Landolina arrested John A. Haefer, 26, of La Grande, Or., and charged him with possession of prohibited weapons (gravity knives) following a motor vehicle stop on Route 202-31 around 11:44 p.m. March 21. Police said Haefer was initially stopped for having an unclear rear license plate and a license plate light that was not working. Haefer was also issued a motor vehicle summons for failure to maintain lamps and was released after processing.
  • Jemmy V. Thelemaque, 23 of Blue Bell, Pa., was arrested by Patrolman Dustin Pflug around 7:56 p.m. Tuesday. According to police, Thelemaque was initially stopped for having a headlight out on the vehicle that he was driving.

Thelemaque was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia (metal grinder and glass pipe containing marijuana) and issued motor vehicle summonses for failure to maintain of lamps and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Thelemaque was released.

 

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