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Fairfield Police Charge Driver with DUI After Car Crashes Through Crown Plaza Hotel

Office hallway that poice allege DUI suspect drove through Credits: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Police Department announced the arrest of James Feeny, 52, of Hackettstown, N.J. for driving under the influence on Feb. 6 at approximately 2:53 a.m.

The Fairfield Police Department was notified by a security officer at the Crowne Plaza hotel that a 2013 black Ford had just smashed through the glass door of an adjacent office building that is attached to the hotel. It is alleged that the vehicle then continued to drive down the first floor hallway and then smashed through the glass door located at the other end. The vehicle then fled the scene on Route 46 East.

After police arrived on the scene, the security officer observed the same Ford travelling west on Route 46 past the incident location and informed the officers. Officer Frank Tracey and other Fairfield officers then stopped the vehicle, which was allegedly being operated by Feeny.

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Police also said that the vehicle had fresh damage to it, including a broken driver-side mirror, scratches and was covered in glass on the hood and base of the windshield.

The following charges against Feeny are merely allegations, meaning that Feeny is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law.

According to police, Feeny displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence. Field sobriety tests were administered and Feeny was placed under arrest based upon the totality of the circumstances. It is alleged that Feeny denied knowledge of having been involved in driving through the building.

Police said that Feeny’s blood-alcohol concentration was nearly twice the legal limit. In addition to the driving while intoxicated charge, Feeny received several other motor vehicle summonses. Feeny was eventually released on his own recognizance, pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

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