RARITAN TWP., NJ – Police here said a Readington police officer assisted them in stopping and arresting a man driving the wrong way under the influence of alcohol.
John L. Jackson, 56, of Flemington, was arrested by Raritan Township Patrolman Brett Szatkowski around 11:35 p.m. Thursday and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
Police said the arrest followed a call they received from an on-duty Readington police officer, who stopped Jackson on Church Street Extension.
According to police, the Readington officer was stopped at the red traffic signal at the intersection of Case Boulevard and Route 202 when he saw Jackson’s vehicle driving southbound in the northbound lanes of the highway north of that intersection.
At the intersection, Jackson’s vehicle crossed over to the southbound side of the highway and continued south in the southbound lanes, police said. The Readington officer followed Jackson’s vehicle and saw it fail to maintain lane control before finally stopping it just off Route 202, police said.
Szatkowski responded and took over the investigation. Jackson showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol and was unable to successfully complete field sobriety tests, police said. Jackson was also charged with reckless driving, careless driving, driving while suspended and refusal to submit to chemical breath testing. The vehicle was towed and Jackson was released to a friend.