PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Police and Fire Divisions participated in a drill on Stelle Avenue on Monday morning, responding to a mock motor vehicle accident set up for students of the Plainfield Police Department's Queen City Mentoring Academy. The Plainfield Rescue Squad was also on site with its cadets.
Real-life scenarios, like texting while driving, along with the consequences, are played out for the academy's students. Today Detective John Franklin said they arrested the driver for drinking and driving.
"The vehicle was proceeding eastbound on Stelle Avenue, lost control, struck the tree by Hubbard School. I arrived on scene, assessed the situation, the front seat passenger was ejected. The driver, after checking on him, appeared to be intoxicated so he was immediately placed under arrest."
The Queen City Mentoring Academy program is now in its sixth year. The children who participate come into the program through referrals by principals, guidance counselors, teachers and parents.
The free program was started in 2014 by Officers Jesse McNeill, Ronald James, Bernel Harrison, and Jihad Carter, because of the bonds and relationships formed between the school resource officers and students.
For more information, visit queencitymentoring.org.