Monday, January 22, 2018

Holiday Season Brings About DUI Arrests

Fairfield (NJ) Over the last week, the Fairfield Police Department remained active in assuring that the Township’s roadways were safe from suspected drunken drivers by arresting three different individuals during three separate incidents beginning on December 17th, 2017.

On that date, officers arrested Rose Ialeggio (47) of Livingston, N.J. for driving under the influence. At approximately 3:00 A.M., Sergeant Frank Tracey was monitoring traffic on Passaic Avenue when he observed a 2015 silver Nissan travelling north. It is alleged that the vehicle’s front driver’s side tire was completely flat, with the tire shredded and flapping wildly. The vehicle then made an illegal right turn on red onto Little Falls Road.

At this time, the tire completely dislodged itself and ended up on the road. The vehicle was now driving on its rim only. It pulled into the parking lot of the Quick Check, at which time; the officer initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle was found to be operated by Ialeggio.

It is alleged that Sergeant Tracey knocked on the window of the driver side and requested that Ialeggio roll down her window. She did not immediately comply with this request and appeared extremely confused over the officer’s presence. She then opened her door and exited the vehicle in direct contradiction to what the officer told her to do.

It is alleged that Ialeggio displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include being unsteady on her feet and the presence of a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from her breath. It is alleged that the officer observed heavy and what appeared to be recent damage to the front driver side of her vehicle. It is alleged that Ialeggio was asked whether she had been involved in an accident earlier to which she responded she believed so and that she had collided with another car in an intersection and had fled the scene. She allegedly could not provide a location of this accident.

At this point, field sobriety tests were administered and based upon the totality of the circumstance, Ialeggio was arrested. While at headquarters it is alleged that Ialeggio refused to submit to breath testing. She was charged with driving under the influence, refusal to submt to a breath test, careless and reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and a variety of other motor vehicle offenses. She was released on her own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on January 4, 2018.

Second Incident

The second incident occurred on December 20th at approximately 5:24 P.M. At that time, Sergeant Frank Tracey was dispatched to investigate a motor vehicle crash on Route 46 East near Hollywood Avenue. It is alleged that Patrick Byle (48) of Wayne, N.J. was the driver of a 2014 Mercedes Benz, which was one of the vehicles involved in the crash.

Byle allegedly told the officer that while traveling in traffic, he looked down to clean his glasses, and accidentally struck the car in front of him. During the course of his investigation, Sergeant Tracey allegedly observed that Byle was displaying signs and symptoms of being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, and bloodshot and watery eyes. Mr. Byle denied consuming any alcoholic beverages at all during the day.

Field sobriety tests were administered and Byle was eventually arrested and his vehicle impounded pursuant to John’s Law. While at headquarters, Byle  submitted to breath testing which indicated the presence of double the legal limit of blood alcohol Concentration. He was charged with driving under the influence, careless driving and driving under the influence in a school zone. He was released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on January 4, 2018.

Third Incident

The last incident occurred on December 22nd at approximately 1:12 A.M. At that time,  Officer Jeffrey Dean was on a motor vehicle stop on Route 46 West when he heard the sound of a loud crash that was located just west of his location. The crash was actually located in the eastbound lanes of Route 46 near Clinton Road. He immediately responded to the incident location.

Investigation revealed that the driver of a 2011 Nissan, identified as Sarina Spruell (29) of Irvington, N.J. allegedly ran right into the rear of a 2010 Dodge Charger that was stopped at a red traffic light. As the officer was investigating this incident, it is alleged that he noticed that Spruill displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath, watery bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The driver of the Charger, a 38 year old male from Elizabeth, was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center for further evaluation.

It is further alleged that, during the course of the investigation, the officer recovered several items of paraphernalia associated with the use of marijuana, as well as two empty Corona beer bottles, from within Spruill’s vehicle. She was then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. While there, field sobriety and breath tests were administered which allegedly revealed that she had twice the legal limit of Blood Alcohol Concentration.

Spruill was criminally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and assault by auto while driving under the influence. She was also charged with motor vehicle violations that included driving under the influence, reckless driving, uninsured vehicle and having an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

(It should be noted that the charges against all these individuals are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)




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