Mount Olive NJ police arrested a Netcong man accused of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). In addition to being cited for a DWI, the suspect was also charged with prescription drug crimes because Mount Olive cops allegedly found him in possession of illegal prescription pills while placing him under arrest.
The suspect was placed under arrest during the early morning hours. Mount Olive patrol officers first noticed the suspect after seeing that he had done a poor job of parking his car in the parking lot of a local Lowe’s Home Improvement store. When the Mount Olive NJ cops approached the suspect’s vehicle and spoke with the driver, they reportedly smelled alcohol on his breath. Additionally, the suspect appeared to be intoxicated.
One of the police officers allegedly spotted an open container of beer in the suspect’s car, as well as three bottles containing prescription medication.
Police administered field sobriety tests to the suspect in the parking lot. When the suspect allegedly failed the field sobriety tests, he was placed under arrest.
The prescription pills found in the suspect’s motor vehicle were later identified by law enforcement as Gabapentin, a nerve pain medication. It is alleged that the suspect did not have a valid prescription for the prescription opioids.
The suspect is a 31-year-old resident of Netcong, New Jersey. He has been charged with illegal possession of prescription drugs and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. The suspect has also been issued traffic citations for drunk driving and reckless driving.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was released to the custody of a sober driver. The suspect will have to return to Mount Olive at a later date so that he can address the DWI charges and the drug crime charges in Mount Olive Municipal Court.
For additional information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Crooked Parking Job at Lowe’s Leads to DWI, Drug Charges.”