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Newly Hired Garfield Cop Faces DWI And Assault By Auto Charge

CHESTER BOROUGH – A newly hired Garfield policeman was charged with driving while intoxicated and assault by auto after he crashed into a building on Main Street in Chester.

Patrick R. Sajewicz was appointed as a patrolman on Oct. 7, just eight days before the incident happened. According to police reports, Sajewicz was driving a 2014 Infinity on 15 October when he allegedly failed to maintain control of the vehicle and crashed into a building. Details of the incident were released by Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chester Borough Police Chief David Jara on Wednesday morning.

A passenger was riding in the vehicle with Sajewicz who was hurt in the crash. However, it was not clear how badly the passenger was hurt. Sajewicz was taken to the hospital after the crash and was not arrested at the scene.

The accident report stated that Sajewicz was allegedly driving while intoxicated but details are not available whether he showed any signs of impairment at the time he was arrested. His BAC level was also not available.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the incident was being investigated and further details were not released at the time.

Sajewicz was arrested five days after the crash, on Monday, when he was released from the hospital.

He is facing multiple charges including DWI (driving while intoxicated), assault by auto, reckless driving and careless motor vehicle operation causing property destruction.

News Source: www.NJ.com



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