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  • Writer's pictureMohammed Fuad

Police Make DWI Arrests


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HPD report two DWIs on WHP


HAMMONTON – The Hammonton Police Department (HPD) were dispatched to two separate driving while intoxicated or impaired (DWI) charges, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said.


The Hammonton Police Department (HPD) were called to a DWI on South White Horse Pike and Broadway and were dispatched to the area of Central Avenue and Route 30 in reference to a report of an erratic driver on June 24 at 9:48 p.m., Friel said.


The vehicle was found traveling westbound on Central Avenue and turning onto Golf Drive. A motor vehicle stop was conducted on Golf Drive. The driver of a beige Buick Century, Juan Rivera Balbuena, 37 of Landisville, was found to have an odor of an alcoholic beverage in his vehicle and stated he was coming from a party and had about two beers, Friel said.


Rivera Balbuena was transported to police headquarters for processing and was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol and was charged with the following motor vehicle violations: driving under the influence, reckless driving, careless driving, open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and failure to inspect. Rivera Valbuena was released, as per John’s Law, pending a court appearance at Hammonton Joint Municipal Court, Friel said.


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


HPD was called to another DWI on the 1000 block of South White Horse Pike on June 25 at 3:31 a.m. Officer Richard Carpo was conducting stationary traffic enforcement in the area of White Horse Pike and South Egg Harbor Road. Carpo observed a silver Toyota 4Runner pass by his location three times within five minutes, Friel said.


Carpo ran a random license plate check of the Tennessee registration of the vehicle and found it to be suspended. The vehicle was pulled off into a gas station at White Horse Pike and South Egg Harbor Road and back onto White Horse Pike heading eastbound.


The driver, Emilio Alvarez-Salas, 51 of Hammonton, was failing to maintain his lane of travel and had signs of impairment and odor of alcohol beverage emanating from within the vehicle. Alvarez-Salas was placed under arrest and, during a search, yielded two folded dollar bills containing a suspected crystal methamphetamine and the other suspected of containing cocaine. Two small black twisted plastic bags containing suspected crystal methamphetamine were also found in the search, according to Friel.


Alvarez-Salas was transported to police headquarters for processing and was charged with possession of CDS cocaine and the following motor vehicle charges: driving under the influence, failure to possess a registration, failure to maintain lane of travel, careless driving, reckless driving, driving while suspended and driving without a license. Alvarez-Salas was released, as per John’s Law, with a court appearance in Atlantic County Superior Court, Friel said.


Friel said Officer Richard Carpo was the investigating and arresting officer.


This report is comprised of of arrests and investigations made by the men and women of local enforcement. All suspects and arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



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