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After Route 80 Chase, Fairfield Police Arrest Suspect Allegedly Driving Under the Influence

Credits: Carolyne Volpe Curley

FAIRFIELD, NJ - The Fairfield Police Department announced the arrest of Amer Ahmad, age 31, of Hackettstown on May 27. Ahmad was charged with eluding police, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, and driving under the influence.

At approximately 2:13 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Didyk was traveling east on Route 46 when he observed a blue Saturn allegedly exceeding the posted 50 mph speed limit. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, it allegedly increased its speed and failed to pull over as it entered onto Route 80 East.

The pursuit continued near Exit 57 at which time a New Jersey state trooper was waiting and assisted with getting the vehicle to stop. The driver was then arrested.

Route 80 East near Exit 57  Credit: Google Maps

It is alleged that the officer observed on the front seat a plastic bag that contained suspected marijuana and which was seized. Also allegedly observed were several open containers of Smirnoff vodka which were also seized.

Ahmad was eventually transported to Fairfield police headquarters. While at headquarters, the officer continued his investigation and it was determined that Ahmad was allegedly operating his vehicle while under the influence of marijuana resulting in the driving under the influence charge. Ahmed was released on his own recognizance and given a court date of June 6 in the Superior Court in Newark. 

It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

For further information:
Fairfield Police Department 
Chief of Police:  Charles Voelker 
Deputy Chief: Anthony Manna 
230 Fairfield Road 
Fairfield, NJ 07004 
Facebook: Fairfield Oem


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