MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A 42-year-old Essex County man is facing several charges after he was allegedly driving while intoxicated and found with marijuana.
On Jan. 2, at 11:11 p.m., an officer was on Route 46 when the officer observed a Toyota Camry travelling at a high rate of speed, failing to maintain a lane and failing to signal a lane change, police said.
The officer stopped the vehicle and came in contact with the driver, who was identified as George D. Thomas of Newark. The officer immediately detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage and raw marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle, police said.
Thomas was asked to exit the vehicle to perform standardized field sobriety tests and prior to beginning the test, the officer detected the raw marijuana odor on Thomas, police said.
A search was conducted and suspected marijuana was located. Upon completion of the investigation, Thomas was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he submitted to chemical breath testing, police said.
Thomas was charged with DWI, possession of marijuana, reckless driving, possession of controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, speeding, failure to maintain a lane, failure to signal, driving while suspended, unlicensed driver, and failure to provide documents. He was released to a sober driver pending a court appearance, police said.