• Gabriel Donio

Downtown DWI arrest


At 1:45 a.m. on January 19, on the 200 block of Bellevue Avenue, a suspicious vehicle turned into a DWI arrest, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said. (THG/Kristin Guglietti)

HAMMONTON—A man who was observed in a car behind a downtown restaurant led to a driving while under the influence (DWI) arrest, one of two separate DWI arrests made by local police last week, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said.


At 1:45 a.m. on January 19, on the 200 block of Bellevue Avenue, a suspicious vehicle turned into a DWI arrest, Friel said.


Officer Matthew Heiser observed a vehicle behind a restaurant in the parking lot, Friel said.


“The vehicle had already been observed idling in the parking lot a few hours prior,” Friel told The Gazette.


Heiser made contact with the occupant of the vehicle who was found sleeping in the vehicle, Friel said.


“The awakened driver was identified as Mario Ordonez-Sanchez, 32, of Hammonton,” Friel said.


Friel said there were multiple open containers of alcoholic beverages in the vehicle.


Ordonez-Sanchez was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters for processing and charged with the following motor vehicle violations: DWI, failure possess a driver’s license, failure to possess the registration, failure to possess the insurance card, unlicensed driver, open container of alcoholic beverage in a vehicle, careless driving, reckless driving and failure to wear seat belt, Friel said.


Friel said Ordonez-Sanchez was released as per John’s Law pending an appearance in Hammonton Joint Municipal Court.


Heiser is the investigating and arresting officer, Friel said.


In a separate arrest at 11:51 p.m. on January 21 on the 600 block of S. White Horse Pike (Route 30), Officer Kyle Ambrozaitis observed a red sedan traveling eastbound doing 65 miles per hour in a 40 miles per hour zone, Friel said.


“The vehicle was stopped and the driver, a Brian Chong, 24, of Edgewater, N.J. was observed to have watery, bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcoholic beverage and a container of alcoholic beverage was observed in the car,” Friel said.


Chong was transported to police headquarters for processing and charged with the following motor vehicle violations: DWI, speeding, reckless driving, careless driving, open container of alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, failure to possess the registration and failure to possess the insurance card, Friel said.


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


Ambrozaitis is the investigating and arresting officer, Friel said.