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Drunk Driving Crackdown Leads to Several Arrests in South Brunswick

South Brunswick Police report a 5 percent drop in accidents during the holiday season.

A holiday drunk driving crackdown in South Brunswick led to five arrests, 180 summonses issued and a 5 percent reduction in accidents, according to police.

The department increased patrols during the holiday season as part of a grant from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from Dec. 15, 2012 to Jan. 2, 2013. Police charged five people with drunk driving during the holiday season campaign.

“Our goal with these details was to ensure a safe holiday season," said Chief Raymond Hayducka. "In addition to the drunk driving arrests, there was a 5 percent reduction in accidents this holiday season. Our commitment to creating safer roads is a never-ending task.” 

On Dec. 15, 2012 at 12:57 a.m., Jaimin Patel, 41, of Monmouth Junction was charged for driving under the influence after his 2002 Honda Civic went off the road into a drainage ditch on Riva Avenue. Patel was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, failing to maintain a lane. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for treatment. 

On Dec. 16 at 1:30 a.m., Ashley Gunther, 26, of North Brunswick, was charged for drunk driving after a car accident at the intersection of Friendship Road and New Road where her vehicle struck a utility pole, according to police. At the scene of the accident, officers found a 2010 white Subaru with heavy front end damage that ended up on the front lawn of a home, but no driver was found. Police said Gunther was driven by a friend to Princeton University Hospital. She was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, driving an unregistered vehicle, careless driving, and having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. 

On Dec. 20 at 8:11 p.m., Chandresh Chitalia, 47, of East Brunswick, was charged after a striking a motorcyclist on Cranbury Road at the intersection of Davidson Mill Road. Chitalia allegedly fled the scene after colliding with the motorcycle. East Brunswick Police stopped Chitalia on Cranbury Road with the motorcycle stuck under his vehicle. He was charged with driving under the influence, assault by auto, and endangering the welfare of an injured person. 

On Dec. 28 at 11:26 p.m., Wendy Urena, 30, of New York City, was charged after police stopped her vehicle for speeding on Route 1. The arresting officer detected an odor of alcohol and arrested Urena after having her perform sobriety tests. Urena was charged with driving under the influence, refusal to take a breathalyzer, careless driving, speeding, and failure to maintain a lane. 

On Dec. 30, at 1:06 a.m., Thomas Spiecker, 18, of Sayreville, was charged after being stopped by police for making an illegal U-turn on Cranbury Road, where he had pulled into a Sunoco gas station. Spieckler was arrested after police smelled alcohol on his breath and administered field sobriety tests. Spieckler was charged with driving under the influence, underage drunk driving, careless driving, performing an illegal U-turn, and for not having insurance. 

Seven people were also arrested for outstanding warrants during the campaign in addition to the drunk driving arrests. 

Jill Davis January 03, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Thank you South Brunswick police!! Keep up the good work!!
Michael W. Carfagno January 04, 2013 at 05:13 AM
Never enough hell can happen to a drunk driver, no sorrow for the boos slime drivers, no breaks, no "go easy" on the urine soaked pigs both male and female, young or old, never hear " they looked so funny when they where arrested, judges used to drive drunk and get caught and released, no more, drunks are drunks are drunks, no social pride, drunks are drunks, wanton killers, smiling all the way to the jail cell. oh yes the jail cell, how sweet it is. common street thugs. . just dressed a little better THAN STREET SLIME . .maybe ! By holier than they !
Sylvia M Lee January 06, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Sylvia Lee Chandler, AZ Good to see South Brunswick is getting tough on Drunk Drivers. I live in Maricopa County, AZ and there is no pity for driving drunk. All of the major roads had a sign posted for New Years Week "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed" This is Sheriff Joe's County. Drunk drivers mugs shots are then posted on a web site. There can never be enough humiliation for some one who drives drunk and puts all others on the road at risk. Keep up the good work South Brunswick.
Mark January 06, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Great work SBPD. I love hearing of drunk driving arrests.
Eyeballs January 06, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Glad to see the arrests to keep everyone save. Also sorry for the people who, while they were caught before hurting anyone, have screwed up their lives.

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