FAIRFIELD, NJ — A 47-year-old Mahwah man was arrested just after 9 a.m. on Thursday for driving under the influence after he was initially stopped in Fairfield for failing to properly stop at a stop sign and failing to maintain a lane, according to police.
Special Police Officer Raymond Kassas was on patrol on Horseneck Road when he observed the vehicle at the intersection of Plymouth Street and Horseneck Road. After the vehicle failed to stop properly at the sign, police said it continued onto Horseneck Road and failed to maintain its lane. The vehicle was then stopped on Just Road, and the driver was identified as Brian Kunisch.
While speaking with the officer, Kunisch was exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include bloodshot and watery eyes, slow and slurred speech, a confused demeanor, and the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, according to police.
Officer Steven Ptaszynski arrived as back up and helped administer a series of field sobriety tests. According to police, Kunisch was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for chemical breath testing based upon the totality of the circumstances, and his vehicle was impounded pursuant to state law.
Police noted that Kunisch’s blood alcohol concentration was more than three times the legal limit. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to maintain a lane and careless driving.
Kunisch was eventually released on his own recognizance pending court action.