FAIRFIELD, NJ — Two individuals were recently arrested in Fairfield on charges of driving while under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol.
Officer Michael Tilton was on patrol on Horseneck Road when he observed a vehicle that was failing to maintain its lane. While engaging the driver—identified during the traffic stop as Timothy Deery, 37, of Dobbs Ferry, NY—the officer noted that he displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, slurred speech was slurred and pupils that did not react to light.
Based these other factors as well as the results of field-sobriety testing, Deery was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for breath testing. According to police, Deery failed to comply with providing a mandatory breath sample.
In addition to the DUI charge, Deery also received summonses for refusal to submit to breath testing, failure to maintain lane and careless driving. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending court action.
Johnny Sanchez, 31, of Lake Hiawatha, was also arrested in Fairfield this month on charges of tampering with evidence, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Officer Jesse Schnackenberg was monitoring traffic on Route 46 West when he observed a vehicle that was traveling west at 67 miles per hour (MPH) in a 50 MPH zone. According to police, the officer caught up to the vehicle and attempted to stop it by activating his emergency lights and siren, but the vehicle continued to drive west into Montville.
The vehicle then pulled into a McDonald’s drive-through lane, at which point the officer directed the vehicle to pull into a parking spot using his vehicle’s public address system, according to police.
When the vehicle finally pulled into a space and the officer began to approach, the officer could see the driver taking something from the middle console and putting it in his mouth, according to police. The officer also reported that he observed small, leafy particles on the driver’s lips as he got closer and detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. At this point, other officers arrived as back up.
When Sanchez was asked to exit his vehicle, the officer said he complied but attempted to discard suspected marijuana as he exited. He was then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing.
According to police, further investigation revealed the discovery of plastic bags containing suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
In addition to the criminal charges, Sanchez also received traffic summonses for failure to comply with an officer’s direction, careless driving, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance pending court action.