TOMS RIVER, NJ - Toms River police say an off-duty Franklin Township officer helped them arrest an impaired driver Thursday night.
Officer Brian Quigley, a 12-year veteran, witnessed an accident involving Kenneth J Spinelli, 58 of Seaside Heights who was driving recklessly and crashed his car on Route 37, according to police.
Quigley exited his vehicle and subdued Spinelli with the help of Toms River Police Chief Mitchell Little and Officer Ryan Gashlin, according to police.
"A police officer is never really off duty," FTPD Lt. Phil Rizzo said in a Facebook post. "You never know when you will come across an incident that will test your training and experience."
Spinelli was charged with DWI, Reckless Driving, Failing to Observe a Traffic Control Device, Leaving the Scene of a Collision with Injury and Failure to Report a Collision, according to police. In addition, the defendant was charged with Assault by Auto, and Driving Under the Influence of CDS, police say.
The accident is being investigated by Traffic Safety Officer Robert Westfall and Traffic Safety Officer David Bartoshek. Assisting on scene were Patrolman Christopher Inglis, Patrolman Ryan Gashlin and Patrolman Ryan Cummings. Traffic was backed up on Route 166 southbound for approximately 40 minutes.
"We want to commend Officer Quigley for his quick and decisive actions," FTPD Lt. Phil Rizzo added in his post.
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