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Police Blotter: Several Motor Vehicle Stops Lead To Arrests

Lt. Frank Fortunato - PIO

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 • 6:13pm

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  On Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 5:17 p.m., Sgt. Robert Deitch arrested James Landolfi, 42, of Berkeley Heights.  Landolfi was the operator of a 1997 Volkswagen and was stopped on Locust Avenue after committing motor vehicle violations.  Subsequent to the stop, Landolfi was found to be intoxicated at which time he was transported to police headquarters.  Landolfi was processed and charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding, failure to signal, careless driving and driving with a suspended license.  He was given a date to appear in Berkeley heights Municipal Court and released. 

On Sunday, Feb. 2 at 12:01 a.m., Ptl. Ron DeSimoni arrested two Berkeley Heights male juveniles, ages 16 and 17.  The 17 year old was the operator of a 1992 Buick and was stopped on Timber Dr. for a motor vehicle violation.  During the stop, the officer detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle and during further investigation, the juveniles admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the evening.  A subsequent search revealed a small amount of marijuana and a glass smoking “bong” in the vehicle. Both parties were brought to police headquarters and referred to the Juvenile Bureau where charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia will be issued. 

On Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:37a.m., Ptl. Frank Mea arrested Jose Pedras, 43, of Berkeley Heights.  Pedras was the operator of a 2006 Mercedes and when stopped was determined to be under the influence of alcohol.  Pedras was brought to police headquarters, processed and charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and speeding.  Pedras was given a date to appear in Berkeley Heights Municipal Court and released into the custody of a family member.

On Sunday, Feb. 9 at 6:32 p.m., Ptl. Frank Mea arrested Philip Schoen, 23, of Berkeley Heights.  Schoen was the operator of a 1998 Chrysler that was stopped on Plainfield Avenue.  A computer check revealed that Schoen was found to be holding an outstanding no bail warrant out of Union County.  He was brought to police headquarters, processed and charged with improper maintenance of lamps.  Schoen was then turned over to the Union County Sheriff’s Department and lodged in the Union County Jail.

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