FAIRFIELD, NJ — Two drivers were arrested in separate incidents in Fairfield in late August that both ended in charges of driving under the influence (DUI) and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana.
After almost striking another vehicle with her car, Marina Canzanese, 35, of Haledon, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence on Aug. 24.
Just after 7 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Dollar Tree store located at 461 Route 46 West to investigate a report of an erratic driver that almost hit the building.
According to police, a witness stated that the vehicle involved was described as a 2007 blue Honda. She noted tat this vehicle jumped the curb and almost went into the Dollar Tree store. It then backed up and almost struck a parked car.
Officer Louis Bisciotti and other officers arrived on the scene to discover a blue Honda, with the same license plate that was given to the dispatcher, in a parking spot in front of the Dollar Tree store.
The vehicle was unoccupied with its engine running, according to police. Officers noted that the vehicle had an overwhelming odor of marijuana coming from inside.
A witness to the initial incident provided the officers with a description of the driver. The officers eventually found Canzanese in the store and identified her as the alleged driver.
While speaking with her, police stated that she displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include constantly moving around and unable to stand in one place, droopy eyelids and her clothing smelled like burnt marijuana.
Subsequent field sobriety tests ledn to Canzanese'sr arrest. According to police, a small amount of suspected marijuana was found inside of the Honda. She was transported to headquarters where she was given a breath test and underwent an examination by a certified drug recognition expert from the North Caldwell Police Department.
The driver was eventually released on her own recognizance pending court action.
In other news, A Speeding Driver Found to be in Possession of Marijuana and Open Containers of Alcoholic Beverageswas also arrested in springfield this.
Noelia Inoa, 26, of New Brunswick, was arrested for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence on Aug. 25.
At approximately 4:42 a.m., Officer Jayson Sickles was monitoring traffic on Route 46 eastbound when he saw a 2014 Honda traveling 75 MPH in a 50 MPH zone. The officer then initiated a traffic stop and found Inoa to be the driver.
While speaking with Inoa, the officer said she displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath and bloodshot and watery eyes.
In addition, a computer check with the Motor Vehicle Commission database revealed that her license was suspended.
At this time, the officer administered field sobriety tests. Based upon the results of these tests and the totality of the circumstances, Inoa was placed under arrest. Further investigation allegedly led to the discovery of a glass jar containing suspected marijuana, items of drug paraphernalia and an open bottle of Jameson whiskey and Bacardi rum. These items were all seized. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law and Inoa was transported to headquarters for processing.
A breath test administered at the station indicated that Inoa’s blood alcohol concentration was above the legal limit. She was charged and eventually released on her own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.