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Release Date: February 23, 2017


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DWI & Assault by Auto Arrest:  On February 20, 2017 at 5:55 p.m., Ptl. Sean Higgins located a motor vehicle accident that had just occurred on the Newark Pompton Turnpike near the intersection of Mountain Avenue.  Ptl. Higgins learned that both drivers were injured and called for medical assistance.  During his investigation, the officer learned that one of the vehicles had struck the other and that the driver was exhibiting signs of being under the influence of medication.  The officer later determined that the individual that caused the accident had ingested an amount of Xanax that was more than was prescribed.  The driver of the vehicle that was struck was transported to Chilton Medical Center by her parents and was treated for a broken arm.  The other driver, Robert W. Becker, 37 years old from Pequannock, was transported to Chilton Medical Center complaining of pain in his head, neck and shoulder.  Mr. Becker was arrested and charged with reckless driving, driving while intoxicated and assault by auto.  He was released on his own recognizance and has a pending court appearance.
 
Issued by:
Capt. Christopher DePuyt                       
Operations & Public Information Officer  

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