As we reported previously, adult beverages have figured prominently in the lore of Morristown and New Jersey over the centuries.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t lay our hands on a Colonial police blotter. But according to the modern version, Demon Alcohol still is up to its old tricks.
HAVE IT YOUR WAY
A Sparta man was arrested earlier this month by Morristown police after dozing off at the Burger King drive-through order screen.
When Police Officer Joseph Heuneman asked driver Kyler R. Ginter, 41, how he fell asleep at the drive-through, the man responded: “Yah I know,” the report stated.
Sobriety tests were performed, Kyler was arrested, and at police headquarters his blood alcohol level registered at .16 percent, twice the legal limit for intoxication, police said. He was charged with drunk driving.
TAXI? TAXI?? TAXI???
On Oct. 11, at 10:15 pm, Andrew Freedman, 22, of Sudbury, Mass., was arrested outside Sona Thirteen after being instructed three times by Officer James Krauss to get off the street, where, according to the officer’s report, he was creating a dangerous situation trying to hail a cab.
Andrew and two friends had been told to leave Sona Thirteen by the staff after causing a disturbance, and Officer Krauss advised them to leave the area and offered to help them get a cab, the report said. They replied that they were fine.
A few minutes later, the officer observed Andrew in the middle of South Street, apparently trying to wave down a taxi.
“As I yelled to Mr. Freedman to get out of the roadway, several vehicles needed to stop abruptly to avoid striking him,” Officer Krauss reported. As the officer approached the man, he stood his ground and just stared back, the officer said.
“I needed to grab onto Mr. Freedman and physically remove him from the roadway, at which time I advised him he was not permitted to hail a cab in Morristown and he needed to stay on the sidewalk.”
Again, the officer offered to help secure a cab ride.
Moments later, he saw Andrew back in the roadway, advised him this was dangerous, and threatened to arrest him.
The third time Andrew stepped into the street, hand raised in the air, “passing vehicles needed to use evasive measures to avoid striking Mr. Freedman,” the officer said.
Andrew was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Officer Krauss arranged a taxi ride for the threesome–from police headquarters.
WATERING THE GREEN
Public urination in Morristown gives new meaning to the term “police blotter.” It’s such a frequent entry on reports from Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights that it scarcely raises an eyebrow anymore.
But here’s one alleged instance that stands out for its lack of…discretion.
John Fetz, 51, of Morristown, was arrested on 12:25 a.m. on Oct. 17 for letting it fly “on the grass in the middle of The Green,” reported Officer James Krauss.
That’s the historic Morristown Green, where George Washington once trod. The site of countless music festivals, religious services and Veterans Day observances. Where Santa Claus will be taking orders from hundreds of kids in just a few weeks.
“Due to his level of intoxication,” John was taken to Morristown Medical Center by the Morristown Ambulance Squad, the police report states.
He was accused of urinating in public, which carries a $500 fine upon conviction.