FAIRFIELD, NJ - The Fairfield Police Department announced the arrest of Dakshaben Rana (48) of Parsippany, Shawn Hacker (27) of West Orange on December 6 and Carlos Barco-Perez (23) of Union City, on December 8. All three are charged with driving while under the influence.

On December 5, Officer John McGrory stopped a vehicle on Route 46 West after it allegedly had difficulty maintaining a lane. The vehicle was found to be operated by Rana. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that she was coming from a work holiday party and was allegedly displaying signs and symptoms of an individual who was under the influence. Field sobriety tests were administered and she was placed under arrest without incident at approximately 11:07 p.m. and her vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, she was also charged with refusal to submit to breath samples, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane, and obstructing traffic.

On December 6, at approximately 1:46 a.m., Sergeant David Proctor was monitoring traffic on Bloomfield Avenue when he allegedly observed a 1999 Hyundai drive over a curb, onto the grass median and then back onto Bloomfield Avenue. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Hacker. It is alleged that Hacker became distracted when using his cell phone’s GPs and that was why he ran off the road, however, the officer allegedly detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage and other signs and symptoms of an individual under the influence.  Field sobriety tests were administered which resulted in Hacker’s arrest without incident and the impounding of his vehicle. In addition to being charged with driving while under the influence, Hacker was also charged with driving on the median, careless driving, failure to keep right, and using a cellular device while driving. He was released on his own recognizance.

On December 8, at approximately 1:55 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Dean was monitoring traffic on Route 46 when he allegedly observed a 2006 Suzuki travelling on Route 46 East. The officer allegedly heard a loud sound coming from the vehicle. He then observed the vehicle cross the center median from Route 46 East and was now travelling on Route 46 West.

The officer stopped the vehicle and allegedly discovered that the loud noise he had heard was caused by the fact that the front passenger side tire was missing and the vehicle was driving on its rim. The driver, identified as Barco-Perez was allegedly displaying signs and symptoms consistent with an individual under the influence. After field sobriety tests were conducted, he was placed under arrest without incident and his vehicle impounded. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with careless driving, failure to wear seatbelt, crossing a divided highway, unsafe vehicle, failure to notify of address change and failure to maintain a lane. He was released on his own recognizance.

All defendants are scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court on December 11. It should be noted that the charges against all three are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law