FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – A Franklin man was charged Friday night with driving while intoxicated and sixteen other violations after police said he nearly struck an officer with his vehicle, according to Franklin Borough Police Chief Gregory M. Cugliari
At around 10:45 p.m., Officer Della Fera stopped a vehicle on Taylor Road just off of State Highway 23. While exiting his patrol vehicle to make contact with the driver, the officer observed another vehicle with several motor vehicle violations, Cugliari said.
The officer attempted to signal that vehicle to stop but the driver of that vehicle failed to stop and continued driving past Officer Fera, nearly striking him, Cugliari said.
The passenger could be heard advising the driver to stop. Officer Fera then entered his patrol vehicle and again attempted to stop the vehicle. Cugliari said.
The vehicle traveled from Taylor Road to Ginter Street before coming to a stop. The driver, who was identified as Allen Strack, 32, of Franklin, was allegedly intoxicated.
The passenger of Strack’s vehicle confirmed that he advised him to stop when Officer Fera signaled for them to stop while they were in the vehicle, Cugliari said.
Strack was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to breath testing, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and twelve other summonses.
Strack was released pending a court appearance.