DUI Driver, Reportedly using Heroin, Slams into Target Wall after Driving through Goddard Nursery School Lot Wednesday
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
FAIRFIELD, NJ - On Wednesday afternoon, John Catania, 27, of Montville was arrested by Fairfield Police after driving his 2017 BMW into the Little Falls Road side of the Target store in Fairfield.
According to Fairfield Chief Anthony Manna, at about 3:07pm, the BMW crashed through a large cinder block portion of the exterior wall. Officer Brian Holzmann responded to the scene and found Catania unconscious behind the wheel.
Atlantic Ambulance and the Fairfield Fire Department also responded and EMS administered NARCAN which is believed to have assisted with Catania’s recovery. Police then accompanied him to Chilton Hospital for further evaluation.
"Catania allegedly consumed a quantity of heroin
"Surveillance video shows the BMW stopping for about five minutes in the parking lot of the nursery school just before the vehicle is seen accelerating across Little Falls Road, nearly striking two passing vehicles."
"I was in the store when it happened,"
Fairfield Police Officer Frank Tracey Charges Driver with DUI After Car Crashes through Crown Plaza Hotel
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
FAIRFIELD, NJ - Early Saturday morning on Route 46 East, Fairfield Police arrested James Feeny, 52, of Hackettstown, and charged him with Driving Under the Influence. Police were first notified at about 2:53am by Crown Plaza Hotel security that Feeny had reportedly crashed his black 2013 Ford through the glass door of the hotel's attached office building, drove it through the first floor hallway, then crashed it again through glass doors into the parking lot on the other end of the hotel, and sped away onto Route 46.
Officer Frank Tracey and his fellow officers arrived on the scene, located the car on Route 46, and stopped the vehicle allegedly being operated by Feeny.
According to Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna, officers noted that the car had fresh damages which included:
Fairfield Police allege that Feeny "displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence." After taking sobriety tests, Feeny was placed under arrest and charged with other motor vehicle summonses. Manna reported that Feeny’s blood alcohol concentration was tested to be nearly twice the legal limit.
Feeny reportedly denied any knowledge of having driven through the Hotel.
Fairfield Police Arrest Three on First Weekend of "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over;" One Traveling West on Route 46 East
FAIRFIELD, NJ - Three men were arrested by Fairfield Police during the first weekend of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. All three were traveling on Route 46 and Route 80 during busy travel times. Arrests were made by Fairfield Officer Jeffrey Dean and Fairfield Deputy Police Chief and Officer in Charge Anthony Manna
Friday, Aug. 15
On Friday night around 10:40pm, Manna checked on a tractor trailer that was parked on the shoulder of Route 46 East, near the Target store. Manna found the driver, Thomas Jowers, 55, of Inkster, MI, asleep in the cab with the truck's engine still running. After he was awakened by Manna, Jowers reportedly demonstrated the condition of someone under the influence and he apparently would not participate in field sobriety tests .
Manna placed Jowers under arrest and transported him to police headquarters for breath-testing while his tractor-trailer was impounded. Once at headquarters, Jowers allegedly refused to submit samples of his breath for testing.
He was eventually released on his own recognizance and has an Aug. 27 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.
Saturday, Aug. 16
At approximately 11:40pm, Saturday night, Manna investigated a 1994 BMW which exited McDonald's on Route 46 East and allegedly entered the highway traveling west in the eastbound lanes.
To immediately get the attention of the driver, Jason Untracht, 32, of New York City, the deputy chief drove his police vehicle onto the grass median with its lights and sirens on.
"However, Untracht did not stop or slow down," Manna commented.
Apparently, at least five vehicles that were traveling east on Route 46 that had to avoid a collision with the BMW.
Manna administered a standard field sobriety test and, at headquarters, a breath test. The BMW was impounded and Untracht was placed under arrest. He was eventually released on his own recognizance and has an Aug. 27 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.
Sunday, Aug. 17
Sunday night, at about 8:40pm, Dean was on patrol on Two Bridges Road when he observed a 1999 Chevrolet with a brake light that was allegedly not working. Dean followed the car onto Route 80 East where the driver, Anibal Correa, 34, of Paterson, reportedly had difficulty maintaining his lane.
Dean pulled the car over and after administering the standard field sobriety test, arrested Correa without incident. His vehicle was impounded and he was transported to headquarters for breath testing. Eventually, he was released on his own recognizance and has an Aug. 20 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.
"The importance of this DUI enforcement initiative
Fairfield Police Department
Deputy Chief and Officer in Charge: Anthony Manna
230 Fairfield Road
Fairfield, NJ 07004