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Speeding Violation Leads to CDS and Warrant Arrest and More From Fairfield Police Department

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — Fairfield Police Department arrested Christopher Gosa, 25, of East Stroudsburg, PA. for possession of heroin, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and for hindering apprehension and Joshua Gerena, 26, of Jersey City for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on May 8.

Gosa’s Jeep was stopped on Route 46 East after it was clocked as traveling at 65 MPH in a 50 MPH zone. During the course of the stop, police said the responding officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle, and officers discovered a plastic bag of suspected marijuana in the glove box.

According to police, Gerena admitted that this item belonged to him and he was placed under arrest without incident.

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As the investigation continued, police said that Gosa provided officers with a false name and date of birth in order to avoid being arrested for two outstanding warrants for his arrest out of Jersey City. His true identity was discovered and he was also placed under arrest.

It is further alleged that, incidental to Gosa's arrest, that officers found suspected marijuana and heroin in his coat pockets.

Both men were released on their own recognizance after the Jersey City police provided Gosa with a new court appearance date for the warrants. Gerena was released pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court. Gosa was released pending an appearance in the Superior Court in Newark on May 25.

Also on May 8, John Gwer, 32, of Irvington was arrested for driving under the influence. On that date, officers in the parking lot of the Quick Check, 384 Passaic Avenue, were alerted by a gas station attendant to a man sleeping in a BMW near the front of the main entrance. The vehicle was allegedly running and had been there for a couple of hours.

The officers observed Gwer slouched over and sleeping and three open bottles of Heiniken beer. Police said the officers then attempted to awaken Gwer, which took some time.

When he finally woke, Gwer confirmed that he had been drinking the beers seen in the vehicle, according to police. After field sobriety tests, Gwer was placed under arrest without incident and his vehicle impounded, police said. 

In addition to the charge of driving under the influence, Gwer was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and having an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle. Police said Gwer was released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on May 19.

On May 6, Fairfield Police arrested Bahdresh Patel, 52, of Lake Hiawatha for driving under the influence. Just after 11 p.m., an officer on patrol on Clinton Road saw a 2011 Nissan pick-up truck, which police said was traveling in the opposite direction with no headlights on and crossed the double yellow line, nearly striking the patrol car. The vehicle was stopped in West Caldwell.

Police said that Patel displayed signs and symptoms consistent with someone being under the influence, including the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, bloodshot and watery eyes and slow and slurred speech. Based upon these observations, field sobriety tests were administered and based upon the results, and the totality of the circumstances, Patel was arrested without incident.

In addition to driving under the influence, Patel was also issued summonses for careless driving, failure to use headlights, failure to maintain a lane, failure to wear a seatbelt and failure to produce a registration. He was released on his own recognizance pending a May 18 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against all the above are merely allegations and that they are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.)

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