Police Blotter: Underage DUI, Marijuana Arrests & Stolen Traffic Cones
● By Rebecca K. Abma
Midland Park Police
The following blotter items were submitted by the Midland Park Police Department:
On Feb. 22, Officers Matthew Lombardo and Jason Tillson
responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Park Avenue at 11:05 p.m. and
charged the driver with driving while intoxicated. The driver, a 17-year-old Midland Park
resident, failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. At the conclusion of the investigation it was
determined the defendant was under the influence of a controlled dangerous
substance. He was given six summonses
and released into the custody of his parents. He will appear in Juvenile
Court. Officers Steven Vander Pyl assisted in the
On March 5, a Midland Park resident reported to Lt. Bernard Vandenberg he was a victim of a fraud. The male stated he received a letter from the IRS stating they were conducting a review of his tax return to insure accuracy. The return was flagged since the victim always filed a joint return with his wife and the current return was filed as a single. The victim contacted the IRS and it was determined this was a false tax return as he hadn’t processed his yet. The incident was referred to the Detective Bureau.
On March 6 at 9:11 a.m. Officer Lombardo, after conducting a motor vehicle stop, ran a license plate which returned as the registered owner being suspended and having active warrants. The vehicle was stopped, and in speaking with the driver patrol detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana At the conclusion of the investigation the defendant, a 31-year-old male resident of Lodi, was brought to headquarters where he was processed and charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams. Summonses were issued for failure to show insurance card, driving while suspended and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. The warrants, which amounted to $1,250 emanated out of the Municipal Courts of The City of Passaic and Fort Lee, which were paid in full. He was released on his own recognizance with a pending court date. Sgt. Gregory Kasbarian assisted.
On March 8, as the result of a motor vehicle stop Officer Kevin Van Dyk arrested a 54-year-old male resident of Passaic on outstanding warrants. The warrants, which amounted to more than $2,825, were issued from the Municipal Courts of Passaic, Willingboro, and Clifton. The defendant was transported to headquarters where he was turned over to the Passaic Police after failing to post bail. Officer Mark Berninger assisted.
On March 10, eight traffic cones were reported stolen from three school guard posts. The cones, valued at $26.50 each, were missing from Glen Avenue, East Center Street, and at the High School. Officer Tillson investigated.