Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – December 16th thru December 21st, 2015

Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – December 16th thru December 21st, 2015

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Weekly Police Blotter

December 16th thru December 21st, 2015

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  • DUI (Arrest) – On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at 6:49 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to JR’s Liquors, 1000 Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ, for a report of a male passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle in the parking lot. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 38-year-old Brian J. Nelson of Baywood Drive in Toms River, NJ for DUI. Brian Nelson was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, and Refusal to Submit Breath Samples. The vehicle he was driving was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, December 19, 2015, at 5:44 p.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to JR’s Liquors, 1000 Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ, for a report of an aggressive driver who had pulled into the parking lot and was passing out behind the wheel. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 38-year-old Brian J. Nelson of Baywood Drive in Toms River, NJ, for DUI. Brian Nelson was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Submit Breath Samples, and Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle. The vehicle that Brian Nelson was driving was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Due to this arrest being the second DUI arrest of Brian Nelson by officers of the Lacey Township Police Department within a three-day period, efforts were taken to hold the vehicle for longer than the statutory 12-hour period. A formal inquiry made by the shift supervisor to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that the current law requires the return of the vehicle. Likewise, bail on the arrestee could not be authorized for the motor vehicle offense of DUI in the absence of a criminal charge. The vehicle was returned to Brian Nelson as required by law.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Thursday, December 17, 2015, at 6:20 p.m., Officer Patrick Watkins and Officer Darrell Nick responded to Salon Tre Chic, 415 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a report of an intoxicated male causing a disturbance and refusing to leave the business. While the officers were responding, the caller reported that the subject had left in a white Toyota Camry and nearly caused a collision while turning right onto Route 9 North. Officer Daniel Ricciardella located the vehicle a short time later and effectuated a motor vehicle stop of the suspect vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 48-year-old Andrew J. Morrissey of Ensign Avenue in Beachwood, NJ for DUI. Andrew Morrissey was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters, where he was processed and charged with DUI and Reckless Driving. The vehicle he was driving was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Suspended Driver – On Monday, December 21, 2015, at 4:59 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the area of Route 9 and Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor for a motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles. The driver of one of the vehicles left the scene on foot and upon returning to the scene it was discovered that he had a suspended driver’s license and fictitious plates on the vehicle that was involved in the collision. The driver was identified as 30-year-old Nicholas M. Piccone of Whitcomb Road in Forked River, NJ. Nicholas Piccone was charged with Driving While Suspended and Fictitious Plates.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On December 17, 2015, at 1:03 p.m., Officer Christopher Meyler responded to the Kohl’s Store, 304 Route 9 North, Forked River, NJ, for a report of shoplifting. The loss prevention employee reported that a female suspect took two sweatshirts off of a rack and concealed them in her purse. The female suspect then attempted to leave the store without paying for the items. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 40-year-old Kimberly S. Duff of Clearview Street in Forked River, NJ for shoplifting. During the arrest, a pair of Men’s Sonoma Jeans were found hidden in Kimberly Duff’s clothing. Kimberly Duff was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and charged with Shoplifting for the theft of $234 worth of clothing.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Thursday, December 17, 2015, Officer Scott Keefe stopped a motor vehicle on Route 9 near the intersection of Mill Street in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 52-year-old Thomas J. Weaver of Enterprise Drive in Forked River, NJ, for DUI. Thomas Weaver was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle he was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, December 17, 2015, at 2:32 a.m. Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the residence of 1227 Taylor Lane in the Forked River Pines Section of the Township for a report of a dispute. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 27-year-old Alan M. Hill of 1202 Taylor Lane in Forked River, NJ, on an outstanding Ocean Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $1059. Alan Hill was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters, where he was processed and then transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail.

  • Theft from Motor Vehicles – On Thursday, December 17, 2015, Officer Brian Holt and Officer Meyler responded to several residences on Brentwood Road and Brentwood Place in the Cranberry Hill Section of the Township for reports of theft from motor vehicles. Investigation at the scene determined that an unknown person or persons entered four unlocked vehicles between 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 and 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2015, and stole miscellaneous items.

  • Eluding (Arrest Warrant Issued) – On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at 11:29 p.m., Officer John McKee responded to the area of Hurry Road and Good Luck Road in the Bamber Lakes section of the township for a report of a suspicious vehicle. The caller reported that a suspicious vehicle had been circling around the neighborhood for a substantial period of time. Upon arrival to the area, Officer McKee observed a black Ford Escape traveling northbound on Hurry Road. Officer McKee activated the emergency lights of his marked patrol vehicle in order to conduct a motor vehicle stop. The driver pulled over momentarily and for Officer McKee and then purposely fled the scene. Officer McKee attempted to stop the vehicle for approximately a half mile and then ended his pursuit of the vehicle in the interest of safety. Through investigation, the driver of the vehicle was identified as 42-year-old Stewart Finley of 32 Pheasant Drive in Bayville, NJ. A $50,000 warrant for eluding was issued for the arrest of Stewart Finely. As of Tuesday, December 22, 2015, Stewart Finley has not been located and arrested on the outstanding criminal warrant.