Jefferson Twp. Police – Report for April 2022: Arrests with DWI’s, Drugs & Hit & Runs

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Jefferson Township Police Report from April 2022, shows the continued fight against DWI’s, Accidents while Intoxicated and Hit & Runs from mostly out-of-towners..

4/09/2022, Disabled MV/ DWI, PO Ryan: P.O. Ryan was dispatched to the area of lower BVR for the report of a possible DMV. While checking the area, he observed a Tan Chevy Tahoe traveling with a flat tire. P.O Ryan activated his emergency lights and conducted a MV stop. While speaking with the driver, he detected an odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from the driver. The driver was identified as Joseph Williams, 57 of Flanders, NJ. Mr. Williams was placed under arrest and transported to HQ for processing. Mr. Williams was charged with Driving Under the Influence and other Motor Vehicle Offenses. He was given a future court date and released to a friend.

4/10/22, Motor Vehicle Accident / Driving While Intoxicated, P.O. Zachowski & P.O. Ryan: P.O. Zachowski was dispatched to the area of Charley’s Tavern (Route 181) for a report of a motor vehicle accident. During his investigation, P.O. Zachowski determined that Mr. Neil Leisner, 44 of Budd Lake, NJ was operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/ or drugs and was placed under arrest. Mr. Leisner was charged with Driving Under the Influence and other motor vehicle offenses. He was given a future court date.

4/15/22, DWI, Club 15, PO Parisi and PO Riley: Patrol responded to Club 15 for an assistance call. During the call for service, Taras Butym 34, of Wharton, NJ was observed operating a motor vehicle in the parking lot of Club 15 by PO Parisi. After stopping the vehicle, further investigation revealed the driver was operating his vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and / or drugs. He was arrested and transported to JTPD HQ for processing. Butym was charged with Driving Under the Influence, given a future court date and released to a family member.

4/16/2022, MVA, Hit and Run/ P.O. Smolt/P.O. Ryan: P.O. Smolt and P.O. Ryan responded to the Mason St. Grille for a report of a hit and run motor vehicle accident. A black Chevy truck was reported to have struck 3 vehicles and left the scene. The vehicle was registered to Tyler Oakes, 31 of Hamburg, NJ. JTPD Dispatch notified Hamburg PD who were able to stop the vehicle and charge Oakes with Driving Under the Influence and other motor vehicle offenses.

4/26/2022, Motor Vehicle Crash/Roll Over, P.O. Fuehring, P.O. Coyle, SGT. Cannarozzi, Det. Sgt. Stokes, Det. Hecht: Tractor Trailer carrying concrete blocks was travelling on Route 15 South in the area of the 9 mile marker. The driver lost control of the vehicle and caused the vehicle to roll onto its side and slide over 100’ blocking the entire highway. Route 15 was closed in Sparta / Lake Mohawk exit area by the Dept. of Transportation so the roadway could be cleared of debris. Route 15 South was closed for several hours while the scene was cleared and vehicle was removed.

4/29/2022, MVA/DWI, PO Johnson: Lawrence Gibson 62 of Randolph NJ, failed to stop at the off ramp from Route 15 South to Berkshire Valley Rd and struck another vehicle. While investigating the crash, PO Johnson believed the driver to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor and / or drugs. Gibson was placed under arrest and transported to JTPD HQ for processing. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence and other motor vehicle offenses. He was released with a future court date.


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