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.
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Fairfield Police Department
Deputy Chief and Officer in Charge: Anthony Manna
230 Fairfield Road
Fairfield, NJ 07004