A driver who was allegedly under the influence nearly hit a police car head on when his Jeep wandered onto the wrong side of the road; police are investigating three burglaries that occurred during the past two days in the area of Madison Avenue and Draper Terrace, and an Orange Road resident caught a burglar trying to break into his house through the back door, according to the latest blotter from the Montclair Police Department.
All the information below has been provided by that department. All persons are presumed to be innocent unless proven guilty in court.
The driver of a Jeep that strayed onto the wrong side of the road and almost rammed a passing police car on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at about 8:10 p.m. was charged with driving while intoxicated and other offenses, police said.
Officers were patrolling the area of Elm Street and Hawthorne Place when a Jeep Compass crossed the double yellow line and almost struck the patrol vehicle head on, authorities said.
The Jeep continued to travel north and had another near-miss with a parked vehicle in the area of Elm and Fulton streets. Police then saw the vehicle parked on Fulton Street and watched as a man later identified as Don Harris, 45, of Montclair, was walking away from the vehicle.
Police spoke to Harris and noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, and officers later found an open container of brandy in the vehicle, police said.
Harris was arrested after he failed sobriety tests, according to police.
Harris was found to have warrants for his arrest issued by authorities in Paterson, with bail set at $1,500, and Glen Ridge, with bail set at $1,150, police said.
He was issued summons for driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a Breathalyzer test, DWI within 1,000 feet of a school, failure to keep right, careless driving, failure to exhibit documents, driving while suspended, and possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, police said. He was turned over to members of the Glen Ridge Police Department.
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