‘Ghost Cars’ Being Used By N.J. State Troopers To Combat Drunk Driving

The New Jersey State Police is using a less easily identified police car on the New Jersey Turnpike which speeders and reckless drivers need to watch out for.

The police cars have a new paint scheme on some of their Chevrolet Caprice cruisers, which makes them sort of a hybrid of marked and undercover patrol vehicles.

The cars were unveiled Thursday, which appear to be black unmarked from a distance. However, up close, gray State Police branding is visible on the front doors, in an almost ghostly manner.

The cars have been dubbed as “#NJSPGhostCar” on social media by N.J. State Police, and will be patrolling the Turnpike.

According to Capt. Stephen Jones, a State Police spokesman, most of these “ghost cars” are completely unmarked, except for their emergency lights and sirens.

The new paint job on these unmarked cars makes them more identifiable to motorists and they know they are speaking to a legitimate officer once they are pulled over.

“You can see that it is a trooper’s car,” said Jones.

The idea behind these relatively unmarked vehicles is to help troopers get dangerous drivers off the roads.

“There are a lot of people who are going to drive like an absolute maniac until they see a marked car, then they’ll slow down and behave. This gives us an advantage in finding those people.” said Jones.

Police have also advised motorists not to pull over in any desolate area as some criminals masquerading as police in unmarked cars could get you in trouble. Drivers should only pull over in a public area or place.

News Source: www.Philly.com

21-Year-Old Newton Man Faces DWI And Other Charges After Driving On Sidewalk

NEWTON – 21-year-old Luke Brenniser of Newton faced multiple charges after he drove his car onto a sidewalk early Friday morning.

The incident took place at around 1:50 am when three patrol officers responded to an accident report on Pine Street. An investigation revealed that Brenniser was driving his Acura TL while under the influence which veered off the road. Officers Daniel Finkle, Thomas Tosti and Mahir Kaylani responded to the scene.

Newton Police Lt. Robert Osborn reported that when his vehicle veered off the road, Brenniser drove on the sidewalk for approximately 100 feet. His vehicle sideswiped a tree, hit the street sign for Pine Street and Mason Avenue before it finally came to a rest against a nearby utility pole.

Brenniser sustained head and neck injuries and was taken to Newton Medical Center by the Newton First Aid Squad for treatment.

He was later charged with DWI, reckless driving, improper driving on a sidewalk and failure to exhibit a valid insurance card.

His vehicle was towed from the scene as it sustained significant damage.

Brenniser is scheduled to appear in Newton Municipal Court on Tuesday, 26 May.

News Source: www.NJ.com

Vineland Woman Allegedly Punched And Spit At Cops After Getting DWI With Kids In Car

VINELAND – 29-year-old Charmaine Pitts of Lake Road was charged Monday for allegedly punching and spitting at police officers after she was stopped for DWI with children in her car.

According to police reports, Pitts faced multiple charges including assault on police, aggravated assault on police by throwing bodily fluids, possession of marijuana under 50 grams, resisting arrest as well as endangering the welfare of children.

Pitts’ car was spotted in the area of East Plum and North 7th streets on Monday around 7:54 pm by Vineland police. An adult passenger and three children were inside the car at the time.

When police tried to arrest her, she resisted. She allegedly assaulted Officer Jason Judice by punching him and allegedly spit on police officers while she was in custody.

The officers also carried out a search and found marijuana in her coat pocket.

She was held in the Cumberland County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

News Source: www.NJ.com