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Woman, man found slumped in car with child in back seat, police say

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Two Flanders residents are facing numerous charges including child neglect after police say they were found slumped in their car with a child in the back seat Saturday night.

Sarah E. Heller, 33, was charged with DWI, child neglect/abuse, under the influence of CDS, possession of a hypodermic syringe, refusal to submit to chemical breath testing, reckless driving, delaying traffic, cracked windshield, failure to exhibit insurance card, failure to wear seatbelt, failure to properly secure minor in child restraint, and DWI with minor passenger.

John E. Sullivan, 29, was charged with child neglect/abuse, under the influence of CDS, and possession of hypodermic neddle.

On Jan 25, at 9:32 p.m., a township responded to the area of Mount Olive Manor, located at 49 Flanders Bartley Road, for the report of a vehicle with the driver and passenger both passed out. When the officer arrived, the officer observed a 2000 Toyota stopped at the stop sign at the exit of the Mount Olive Manor parking lot, police said.

The driver, who was identified as Heller, was observed to be slumped over the steering wheel, and the passenger, who was identified as Sullivan, was also slumped in his seat. A child was observed in the rear seat, police said.

The officer was able to rouse Heller and Sullivan and as the officer spoke with them, the officer noted that both allegedly appeared to be impaired, police said.

Heller was asked to exit the vehicle for field sobriety testing, and was subsequently arrested, police said.

Sullivan was removed from the vehicle, and a search was conducted. Police found two hypodermic syringes. Sullivan was arrested, and both were transported to police headquarters, police said.

Both were released to a sober driver pending a court hearing. The minor child was uninjured in the incident, and was turned over to a family member, 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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