FAIRFIELD, NJ  — A 37-year-old man from Baldwinsville, NY was recently charged by Fairfield police for driving under the influence (DUI) among other charges, including DUI in a school zone, refusal to submit to a breath test, failure to maintain a lane, suspended driver and careless driving.

While monitoring traffic on Route 46 at approximately 1:57 a.m. on July 7, Fairfield Officer Jeffrey Dean observed a vehicle traveling west and failing to maintain its lane.

According to police, the driver displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence during the course of the stop. These included a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, watery and bloodshot eyes and fumbling hand movements.

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As a result of these observations, police administered field sobriety tests and arrested the man based upon the totality of the circumstances. He was transported to police headquarters and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

While at headquarters, police said the defendant refused to submit to giving breath samples for the purpose of conducting chemical testing. After being charged, he was released on his own recognizance.

It should be noted that the charges against the individual are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law.