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Drunken driver’s blood-alcohol level was more than 3X legal limit, police say

LOPATCONG TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A Warren County man was caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of more than three times the legal limit Saturday night in Lopatcong Township, police said.

On Dec. 12, at around 10:20 p.m., Pohatcong and Lopatcong police were notified about an erratic motor vehicle traveling on Route 22 west and the reporting person believed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol based on their driving behavior, police said.

Lopatcong police located the vehicle traveling on Belvidere Road near North 3rd Street and while traveling behind the vehicle, the officer observed the vehicle failing to maintain its lane of travel, police said.

After police stopped the vehicle, the driver was identified as Thomas E. Anderson II, 36, of Phillipsburg. While police were speaking with Anderson, an officer allegedly detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle. Anderson failed several field sobriety tests, and was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated, police said.

Anderson provided breath samples and was found to have a .26% blood alcohol concentration, more than three times the legal limit in New Jersey, police said

Anderson was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to maintain lanes and careless driving. He was released to a family member pending a court appearance, police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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