Police & Fire

New Providence Police Blotter. Feb. 24, 2017


On February 17, 2017, Patrolman David Rodriguez stopped Skylar Milner, age 25 of Hillside, NJ, for operating a motor vehicle with an expired registration.  During the course of the vehicle stop, Ptlm. Rodriguez detected the scent of a controlled dangerous substance coming from inside the vehicle.  Upon questioning the driver and passenger, Hassan Frazier, age 27 of Newark, Officers discovered several items identified as controlled dangerous substances and drug paraphernalia.  Both individuals were placed under arrest and transported to New Providence Police Department for processing.  Mr. Milner and Mr. Frazier were charged with the CDS possession and Mr. Milner was also charged with motor vehicle offenses.  Each individual was given a mandatory court appearance in New Providence Municipal Court and released pending their appearance.  
On February 21, 2017 at approximately 3:16 am, Officers were dispatched to the area of Springfield Ave and Pitney Ave for the report of a vehicle that struck a utility pole.  At the crash scene, Ptlm. Hoppe spoke with Joao Schettini, age 21 of New Providence, who had been operating the vehicle.  During the course of the investigation into the crash, Ptlm. Hoppe believed that Mr. Schettini was under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.  A search of the scene revealed Mr. Schettini in possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia.  The investigation culminated in the arrest of Mr. Schettini.  He was charged with multiple drug offenses, driving while intoxicated, and several motor vehicle offences. He was subsequently released to a suitable adult and has a pending appearance in New Providence Municipal Court.
On February 23, 2017, Officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash with the involved party fleeing the area.  Patrol units quickly located the suspect vehicle and attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop.  The driver failed to stop and attempted to eluded police.  Ultimately, the driver, William Vasquez, age 22 of New Providence, NJ, crashed his vehicle.  Officers conducted an investigation and charged Mr. Vasquez with operating his vehicle while intoxicated.  Mr. Vasquez was arrested and transported back to New Providence Police Department for processing.  He was charged with a criminal complaint for eluding and with several motor vehicle summonses including DWI, driving without insurance and leaving the scene of an accident.  Mr. Vasquez was released to a suitable adult and has a pending court appearance in Superior Court in Elizabeth.

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