RNJ News Department

A crooked parking job leads to DWI, drug charges for a Netcong man

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (Morris County) – A 31-year-old Netcong man, who couldn’t park properly, receives DWI and drug charges on Saturday.

A township officer observed an occupied silver Volkswagen parked in a crooked manner on September 3 at 9:51 p.m. in the parking lot of the Lowes Home Improvement store, police said.

As the officer was talking to Vikash Patel, he detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage and also appeared to be impaired, police said.

The officer observed an open bottle of beer in the center console of the vehicle, as well as three blue bottles containing pills, later identified as Gabapentin, police said.

Patel was charged with DWI, reckless driving, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and possession of a prescription legend drug.

Patel was released to a sober driver pending a court hearing.

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By: Jay Edwards
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