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Fairfield Car Crash Leads to Narcotics, DUI Charges

FAIRFIELD, NJ - The Fairfield Police Department has announced the arrest of David Cucolo, 25, of Cedar Grove, for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of hypodermic syringes, and for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance on July 14, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 5:09 p.m., Officer David Chabay was dispatched to the intersection of Fairfield Road and Tobia Place on a report of a single car motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, it was determined that Cucolo was the operator of a 2008 Honda.

It is alleged that Cucolo told the officer that he wanted to turn around to make a phone call when he misjudged the turn and struck the pole. He stated that he then tried to back out and the car got stuck in reverse causing him to strike a curb. When asked to produce his driver’s license, it is alleged that Cucolo first handed the officer two credit cards.

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During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that Cucolo was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include having pinpoint pupils, being unsteady on his feet and shaking. This prompted Officer Christopher Nicholas, a state- certified drug recognition expert to be called to the scene and assist in evaluating Cucolo. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, Cucolo was arrested.

Allegedly found contained within the vehicle were nine hypodermic syringes.

While at headquarters, it is alleged that Cucolo was observed acting suspiciously while in the processing room by continually reaching into his pants. Officers responded and conducted an extensive search of Cucolo, which allegedly resulted in the recovery of 15 glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin from his person.

In addition to the criminal charges, Cucolo was also charged with driving under the influence, careless driving and possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance on July 23, 2015 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

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