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Media Brief 10192018
Release Date: October 19, 2018

Jefferson Township Police

Media Brief




9/15/2018, 18-28987, DWI, P.O. Romash: After receiving numerous complaints on an erratic driver on Route 15 North and Minnisink Road, P.O. Romash located the vehicle on Rockawack Ave.  Melanie Hafdelin was still inside the vehicle covered in vomit.  It was determined she was intoxicated.  She refused to provide samples of her breath and was issued appropriate summons. Court Date is pending.


09/19, 18-29320- MV Crash / DWI / Agg Assault / CDS: Paskas/Ondish:  Timothy Ayers, 40, of Jefferson Township struck another vehicle at the intersection of 15 South and Berkshire Valley Road, causing the other vehicle to strike the sign at the Woroco Gas Station.  Mr. Ayers appeared to be under the influence and further investigation revealed heroin found in his vehicle.  The driver of the other vehicle was transported to St. Clares Dover for minor injuries.  Mr. Ayers was arrested and processed at Jefferson Township Police Headquarters. Mr. Ayers was charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of CDS, Driving While Intoxicated and multiple Motor Vehicle Offenses.  Mr. Ayers was released on a summons, ROR and transported to hospital for a minor injury.  Court Date is pending.


9/22/2018, 18-29725, MV Crash/DWI, P.O. McCarthy: Jason Bottani, 32, of Pompton Lakes, crashed his vehicle on Berkshire Valley Road.  Subsequent investigation determined Mr. Bottani was operating his motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Processed and released, pending a future court date.


9/23/2018, 18-29806, DWI, P.O. McCarthy: Gerardo Vera, 36, of East Orange, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Berkshire Valley Road. Mr. Vera, was found to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. He was processed and released, pending a future court date.


09/24/18, 18-29877, MV Stop / CDS, Paskas: Matthew Tarant, 40 of Newton, was stopped after making an illegal turn through the parking lot of Mountain Tire to avoid a traffic signal en route to Club 15. Mr. Tarant was placed under arrest, processed and released on a summons, pending a future court date.


09/25/18, 18-29980, DWI / Poss of CDS, Paskas: Ali Rahin, 27, of Somerset, was observed vomiting by his vehicle at the Quick Chek on Route 15. Upon further investigation Mr. Rahin was under the influence of CDS. He was arrested for Possession of CDS, DWI and Driving While Suspended. Mr. Rahin was processed and released, pending a future court date


09/26/18, 18-30057, MV Stop Speeding, DWI, Eluding, Ondish:  Robert Hobbs, 41, of Sparta, was stopped for speeding on Rt. 15 South. He drove into the parking lot of the Weichert Realtor, jumped out of the vehicle and began running away. Officer Ondish?s cat like reflexes caught up with him and arrested him on the side of the building. Mr. Hobbs was issued the following Summons:



2C:29-1A Obstruction

2C: 12-13 Throwing Bodily fluid at a Law Enforcement Officer

2C:12-3A Threatening Officers

39:4-50 Operating Under Influence of Liquor

39:4-98 Speeding

39:4-88B Failure to maintain lane

13:20-26.11 Failure to inspect

39:3-10.24 Refusal to submit to Breathalyzer

39:4-50.4A Refusal to submit to chemical test

39:3-40 Suspended DL

39:3-29 Fail to Possess Driver?s License

39:3-29 Fail to Possess Drivers Insurance Card

39:3-29 Fail to Possess Drivers Registration

39:4-51A.B Open Container of Alcoholic Beverage

39:4-96 Reckless Driving


Mr. Hobbs was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility, pending a future court date.


10/8/18, 18-31324, DWI/Motorcycle Crash, Stokes: William Youells, 51, of Glenwood, crashed his motorcycle at the intersection of Deerhaven and Greenpond Road. He was transported to the hospital and issued:

39:4-50 Driving While Intoxicated

39:4-96 Reckless Driving

39:4-97 Careless Driving

39:4-88 Failure to Maintain Lane


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