A concerned citizen notified the Montville Police Department after apparently witnessing the suspect attempting to cross the highway with a small child in tow.
The suspect allegedly walked to Route 46 from Bloomfield Avenue. He then crossed both westbound and eastbound lanes of the highway.
According to officials, the situation was made even more dangerous because of the fact that it was snowing at the time and the lanes were covered with snow.
It is believed that the suspect was crossing the highway in order to get to a Wendy’s restaurant located along Route 46 East.
Police who were called to the scene conducted an investigation and later located the suspect at his residence.
The 25-year-old suspect, who lives in the Pine Brook section of Montville, was then placed under arrest.
The suspect has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
The child is reportedly just 4 years old. At this time, police have not confirmed the relationship of the suspect to the child. However, a criminal complaint filed in Morris County Superior Court indicates that the suspect serves as the girl’s caretaker.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. He is being held at the facility on a $5,000 bail amount.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Man Was Drunk When He Took Kid Out for Walk Across Highway During Snowstorm, Montville Police Say.”