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DWI Arrest: On September 10, 2018 at 11:19 a.m., Ptl. James Dericks was on patrol in the area of Newark Pompton Tpke., near Route 23. At that time he observed a gray Hyundai committing multiple motor vehicle violations. Ptl. Dericks performed a traffic stop on the vehicle in question and contacted the operator, later identified as Jason Lasser, 36 years old of Saddle River, N.J. Ptl. Dericks reported that during his interaction with Mr. Lasser, he was erratic and acting strangely. Ptl. Dericks reported that at one point during this interaction Mr. Lasser opened his trunk which contained suspected marijuana and other controlled dangerous substances in plain view. Due to his continued erratic behavior and signs of narcotics use, field sobriety tests were performed. At the conclusion of the tests, Mr. Lasser was placed under arrest. A subsequent search of Mr. Lasser’s car revealed more suspected CDS. Mr. Lasser was transported to Pequannock Police Headquarters where he was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of prescription medications outside of the proper container, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, making an improper u-turn, delaying traffic, and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. He was released to a third party and has a scheduled court date at the Morris County Superior Court.
Weapon Possession/Criminal Mischief: On September 11, 2018 at 10:34 p.m., officers responded to the Best Western, Regency House Hotel on the report of an individual threatening someone with a knife. Upon the arrival of patrol officers, they located the suspect, identified as Peter Picariello, 58 years old, of Pompton Plains, N.J. When asked by Ptl. Christopher McIvor if he was in possession of a knife, Mr. Picariello stated that he was. Ptl. McIvor searched him and retrieved a knife from his pocket. During patrol’s investigation it was learned that Mr. Picariello was intoxicated and began to yell obscenities and slurs at a tour bus driver near the front entrance of the hotel. The driver stated that Mr. Picariello’s actions were unprovoked. After Mr. Picariello’s insults, the driver yelled back at him. This caused Mr. Picariello to approach the driver in a threatening manner. The driver retreated back into the van at which time, Mr. Picariello climbed on the hood and punched the windshield, causing it to crack. The driver then exited the van in an attempt to enter the hotel to call the police but Mr. Picariello pulled out a knife and threatened him with bodily injury. Mr. Picariello was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to Pequannock Police Headquarters for processing. He was charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, terroristic threats, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct. He was transported to the Morris County Jail and has a scheduled court date at the Morris County Superior Court.
Lt. Daniel Comune
Operations & Public Information Officer