Jersey City Fire Chief Arrested, Accused of DWI in Leonia, New Jersey
A Jersey City Fire Department battalion chief was arrested on drunk driving charges after he allegedly drove on Leonia road and nearly caused a DWI accident.
The suspect, a 57-year-old Dumont resident, has worked for the Jersey City Fire Department for 34 years. For the past six years, he has served as the department’s battalion chief.
Leonia police arrested the suspect around 4:00 p.m. According to authorities, the suspect was behind the wheel of a private vehicle and driving erratically on a road near Overpeck County Park in Leonia, New Jersey. Another motorist on the roadway noticed the suspect swerving, so he dialed 911 and contacted the Leonia Police Department.
A police officer soon arrived at the scene and stopped the suspect’s motor vehicle. While talking to the suspect, the Leonia NJ cop allegedly observed signs of intoxication. It is not known at this time if the Leonia officer administered a breath test or field sobriety tests before arresting the suspect.
The suspect currently faces charges for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). A conviction on the very serious DWI charges could potentially result in the suspect losing his license and being ordered to pay stiff fines. Additionally, the suspect may be subject to jail time, depending on whether he has prior DWI convictions within the last 10 years.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Jersey City Fire Battalion Chief Charged with DWI in Leonia.”