19 year old driver that died from injuries when he rear ended a Plainfield Police car on Christmas Eve had a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit.
On Saturday, December 24, 2016 at approximately 9:25 pm, an on duty Plainfield Police Officer was stopped at the red traffic light at East Second and Watchung. The Officer’s vehicle was rear ended by a vehicle driven by Israel Velasquez Cruz age 19 from Plainfield, NJ. Toxicology reports received this week indicate that Mr. Cruz’s blood alcohol levels were 0.165.
Witness statements indicate that Mr. Cruz was speeding. A mechanical inspection of Mr. Cruz’s vehicle shows that the speedometer was locked at a 70 mph upon rear ending the police vehicle. Additionally, empty alcoholic beverage containers were found within Mr. Cruz’s vehicle.
The Plainfield Police Officer sustained injuries and was taken to Robert Wood and was subsequently released.