Boonton Driver sitting in car charged with DWI

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PARSIPPANY — On January 9 at approximately 7:30 a.m., Patrolman William Stone and Patrolman DeMuro responded to 745 Route 46 East on a motor vehicle stop.

Upon arrival of the officers, Sgt. Miller advised that he located a parked vehicle, with the engine running in the parking lot. The vehicle sustained damage to the front end, consistent with a motor vehicle accident.

The driver, Mr. James Savage, 58, Boonton, was outside the vehicle upon arrival of Patrolman Stone. Savage was unable to maintain his balan and required assistance from his vehicle at multiple times from falling.

Given the observations of Patrolman Stone as well as statement provided by Mr. Savage, the Patrolman made the decision to conduct field sobriety tests. Upon unsuccessful results of the test, Patrolman Stone advised Savage he was being placed into custody for the suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Savage was transported to Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Station and processed.  At headquarters Savage submitted to two breath samples with a result of 0.00 BAC. A Drug Recognition Expert was requested and Sgt. Pat McNicol from the Mendham Police Department arrived. Stg. McNicol conducted his tests without incident.

Savage was charged with Driving while intoxicated (39:4-50), Reckless driving (39:4-96) and Failure to Exhibit License (39:3-29).

Mr. Savage was released to a relative.

Editor’s Note: An arrest or the signing of a complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.