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Montclair Woman Strikes Fairfield Police Vehicle While Intoxicated

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — A 24-year-old Montclair woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Saturday after police said she struck Fairfield Officer Frank Tracey’s police vehicle with her 2016 Ford.

Desiree Christian was identified as the loan occupant and operator of the Ford that struck Tracey’s vehicle as he was slowing to a stop at the red traffic signal at the intersection of Plymouth Street and Route 46 West at approximately 2:51 a.m. According to police, Tracey’s vehicle was pushed a “decent distance” and the Ford had substantial damage to the front of it.

Approaching Christian’s vehicle, the officer checked on her medical condition and discovered that the driver was uninjured and did not want medical treatment. However, in speaking with Christian, the officer stated that she appeared confused about where she was coming from and where she was heading.

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Additionally, although she was aware of the accident, police said Christian was not aware that she struck the rear of a police vehicle. According to police, Christian admitted that she had consumed alcoholic beverages earlier that evening.

Due to cold and windy weather conditions, Christian was transported to police headquarters for field-sobriety testing and was unable to perform any of the tests successfully, according to police. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, she was placed under arrest and a breath test administered.

According to police, Christian’s blood-alcohol-concentration percentage was more than twice the state’s legal limit. In addition to the DWI charge, she was also charged with careless driving and was eventually released on her own recognizance pending court action.

Officer Tracey experienced stiffness in his back but refused further medical treatment, police said. 

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