• Gabriel Donio

Crash leads to drug arrest

Two-car accident at Third and Grape Streets

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HAMMONTON—A motor vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of Third and Grape Streets at 7:42 p.m. on December 11 led to a controlled dangerous substance arrest, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said.


Friel said a silver 2001 Toyota Tundra operated by Fernando Martinez, 55, of Hammonton was traveling west on S. Third Street. The second vehicle, a gray 2009 Honda Civic was traveling north on Grape Street, Friel said.


As the Civic entered the intersection of Grape and Third Streets, the Tundra impacted with the front section of the Civic, Friel said.


“The Tundra was traveling at an unsafe speed and in a reckless manner when traveling west on Third Street,” Friel said.


Martinez was found to have no insurance on the vehicle and was charged with possession of controlled dangerous substance crystal methamphetamine; unlicensed driver; driving while suspended, unregistered vehicle; uninsured vehicle; reckless driving; careless driving; vehicle in an unsafe condition; leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident.


Officer Travis Hoffman was the investigating and arresting officer, Friel said.


In other police news, at 9:46 p.m. on December 25, police received a call in reference to a vehicle revving its engine for approximately the previous hour on the 300 block of Line Street, Friel said.


Officer Travis Hoffman responded and observed a subject slumped over the console of the vehicle with the vehicle running and in neutral, Friel said.


The subject was taken out of the vehicle and a strong odor of alcoholic beverage was observed by the officer as he removed him, Friel said.


Friel said the vehicle was put in park and the subject was determined to be Mario Veh Juarez-Ramirez, 45, of Hammonton. He was placed under arrest and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol (DWI), Friel said.


Juarez-Ramirez was charged with DWI, uninsured vehicle, unregistered vehicle, unlicensed driver, failure to possess an insurance card, failure to possess registration, reckless driving and careless driving, Friel said.


He was released as per John’s Law pending a court date in Hammonton Joint Municipal Court, Friel said.


Hoffman was the investigating and arresting officer, Friel said.