DWI Arrests

On September 16th at 1:15pm Patrolman Jim Purcell arrested Joseph Wantuch III, 44, of Barnegat for DWI after responding to a report of a man crawling on the ground and climbing into a car at the Barnegat Municipal Dock.

Ptl. Purcell located the vehicle parked at the dock and found Wantuch in the vehicle. After an investigation Wantuch was placed under arrest. His vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. He was processed and released with summonses for DWI, refusal to submit breath samples, and reckless driving.
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On September 21st at 3:03am, K9 Officer Robert Armstrong arrested Anthony Torres, 27, of Barnegat for DWI after stopping Torres’s vehicle on Gunning River Road for speeding. Torres’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. He was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, and speeding.

 

MV Stop Leads to DWI, Warrant Arrest

On September 15th at 4:00am, K9 Officer Robert Armstrong arrested Monalisa Powell, 47, of Barnegat for DWI after responding to the area of the Wawa on West Bay Ave for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Ptl. Armstrong located the vehicle and determined that Powell had struck a utility pole near the parking lot and was under the influence of alcohol. A passenger in the vehicle, Joseph Garrett, 35, of Barnegat was found to have an $85,000 outstanding warrant out of the Monmouth County Sheriffs Department and was also placed under arrest.
Powell’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. She was processed and released with summonses for DWI, improper backing, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to report an accident.
Garrett was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.

DWI Arrest

On September 12th at 10:06pm, Patrolman Stephen Russoniello arrested David Morris Jr., 46, of Trevose, PA for DWI after responding to a call of a disabled vehicle at the intersection of Route 72 and Route 539. Upon arrival at the intersection, Ptl. Russoniello found Morris’s vehicle had run out of gas. Further investigation led to the arrest.
Morris’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Morris was processed and released with summonses for DWI and reckless driving. He was further charged with possession of prescription legend drugs after he was found to be in possession of Vicodin pills for which he did not have a prescription.

Arrest Made in Barnegat Dock Theft

On September 7th at 10:53pm, K9 Officer Robert Armstrong arrested Justin Zane, 24, of Barnegat for theft in connection with the theft of a flag from the municipal dock.
Officer Armstrong had responded to the dock after the police department received reports that a male subject was climbing a flag pole and attempting to steal one of the approximately 5 square foot decorative welcome flags.
Officer Armstrong spoke with area residents, one of whom provided a description of the suspect. Officer Armstrong located Zane, who matched the description, fishing from the north end of the dock. Officer Armstrong’s investigation determined that Zane had climbed the flag pole and removed the flag. Zane was placed under arrest for theft and the flag was recovered from Zane’s vehicle.
Zane was charged with theft and released pending a court date.

DWI Arrests

On August 22nd at 11:11pm, Patrolman Robert Armstrong arrested John Delaney III, 41, of Barnegat for DWI after stopping Delaney’s vehicle on West Bay Ave for failing to maintain lane of travel. Delaney’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Delaney was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, failure to exhibit registration, and failure to exhibit insurance.
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On August 23rd at 3:30am, Patrolman Robert Armstrong arrested Michael Philpot, 18, of Barnegat for DWI after stopping Philpot’s vehicle on Diamond Dr for failing to maintain lane of travel. During the course of the stop, Ptl. Armstrong discovered that Philpot was also in possession of marijuana and alcohol. Philpot’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Philpot was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. He was additionally charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams and underage possession of alcohol.
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On August 27th at 3:07pm, Patrolman Vincent Damiano arrested Alyssa Sinclair, 44, of Manahawkin for DWI after responding to a minor motor vehicle crash in which Sinclair was involved. The accident occurred when Sinclair was attempting to cross Barnegat Blvd N near Victorian Plaza and failed to yield the right of way to another vehicle. Sinclair’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Sinclair was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, operating without due caution, and open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. There were no injuries as a result of the collision.
 
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On August 30th at 12:32am, Patrolman Alex Hoffman arrested Kristine Flynn, 44, of Barnegat for DWI after stopping Flynn’s vehicle on Route 9 for speeding and operating with high beams illuminated. Flynn’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law.  She was processed and released with summonses for DWI, failure to submit breath samples, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, improper use of high beams, speeding, failure to produce insurance, and failure to produce registration. 

Man Arrested After Foot Pursuit

Barnegat officers arrested Steven Doell, 26, of Forked River on August 1st at 7:30pm after a foot pursuit. Patrolmen Timothy Bradshaw and Nicholas Dapuzzo had responded to the Barnegat Motel on Route 9 to arrest Doell on the strength of a no-bail warrant issued by the Ocean County Sheriffs Department.
After knocking on the door of the motel room in which they believed Doell to be staying, Patrolman Dapuzzo observed Doell exit the rear window of the room and run from the scene. The officers gave chase on foot through the dirt roadway and wooded area behind the motel. Patrolman Richard Carr intercepted Doell in the area of Starboard Avenue and took him into custody.
Doell was charged with obstructing the administration of law by flight. He was processed and lodged in the Ocean County Jail.

Warrant Arrest

On July 12th at 11:22pm, Patrolman Thomas Behrens arrested Robert Hughes, 30, of Barnegat on $1,500 in outstanding warrants out of Hazlet and New Brunswick.
Ptl. Behrens came into contact with Hughes during the response to a fight call on Lexington Blvd. Hughes was processed and turned over to officers from the New Brunswick Police Department who lodged him in the Middlesex County Jail in default of bail.

Warrant/Hindering Arrest

On July 12th at 1:06am, Ptl. Thomas Behrens arrested Thomas Danna, 59, of Tuckerton on a $750 warrant out of GallowayTownship. Ptl. Behrens came into contact with Danna during a motor vehicle on Route 9.
Danna initally advised Ptl. Behrens that his name was Thomas Lehman. After a records check revealed that no such person existed with the date of birth and address that Danna had provided, Danna admitted his real name to Ptl. Behrens. A subsequent records check revealed the outstanding warrant.
Danna was arrested on the strength of the warrant and was also charged with hindering apprehension. He posted bail and was processed and released pending a court date.

Warrant Arrest

On July 6th at 11:07am, Ptl. Nicholas Dapuzzo arrested Douglas Vandevelde, 43, of Waretown on a no-bail warrant issued by the Ocean County Sheriffs Department.
Ptl. Dapuzzo was on routine patrol on West Bay Avenue when he observed Vandevelde walking in the area of the Garden State Parkway. Ptl. Dapuzzo had been aware of the outstanding warrant and took Vandevelde into custody. Vandevelde was processed and lodged in the Ocean County Jail.

DWI Arrest

On July 7th at 8:33pm, Patrolman Chris Ebert arrested Brett Podinker, 48, of Barnegat for DWI after responding to a report of an erratic driver.
 An anonymous caller had reported a black GMC Envoy driving erratically on Route 9. Based on the caller’s description and a partial license plate number, Ptl. Ebert was able to locate the vehicle, which was being operated by Podinker, on Freedom Hills Drive.
 Podinker’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. He was processed and released with summonses for DWI and reckless driving.
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