FAIRFIELD, NJ — A late-morning crash that occurred in front of Fairfield Commons (271 Route 46 West) on Wednesday led to the arrest of Angelo Palacios-Rebaza, 19, of Harrison, for driving under the influence and other charges, according to Fairfield police. 

It was approximately 11:29 a.m. when Fairfield police officers were dispatched to a single-car motor vehicle crash and located a 2006 Nissan Altima that appeared to have left the roadway, flipped over, righted itself and eventually came to rest near the Horseneck Road overpass.

Fairfield officers and members of the Fairfield Fire Department assisted in extricating Palacios-Rebaza, who was entrapped in the vehicle and was the lone occupant.

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According to investigators, four witnesses to the crash noted that the Nissan was travelling west on Route 46 in an aggressive manner—travelling well in excess of the posted 50-mile-per-hour speed limit and frequently making unsafe lane changes.

Further investigation revealed a satchel hanging around Palacios-Rebaza’s neck that contained a grinder with suspected marijuana and a vape pipe.

Although the incident remains under investigation, Palacios-Rebaza was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and an array of other motor vehicle offenses.

After being treated for a severe laceration to his left arm and facial injuries, he was eventually transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson for further assessment, according to police.

Traffic on Route 46 West was down to one lane for about 90 minutes after the crash. The incident is being investigated by Sgt. Ian Rasmussen and Officer Louis Bisciotti.