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Wayne PD: Swerving Driver On Route 23 Registers Nearly 4x Legal Blood-Alcohol Limit

Hitesh J Patel
Hitesh J Patel Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy WAYNE PD

A swerving driver stopped by Wayne police in the middle of the afternoon on Route 23 registered nearly four times the legal limit on a blood-alcohol test, authorities said.

Alerted by citizens to a vehicle that was “all over the road,” Officers Tomasz Cydzik and Adrian Sulejmani stopped the 2015 Toyota Sienna on the northbound highway near the Pequannock border at 3:15 p.m. Friday, Detective Capt. Laurence Martin said.

Hitesh J Patel, 43, of Pequannock had “bloodshot eyes and droopy eyelids,” along with a trio of mini bottles of vodka, Martin said.

Police got Patel out of the car for a sobriety test, but he was unable to walk, the captain said.

Patel – who registered a .3 BAC at police headquarters -- was charged with DWI, Martin said.

He also received summonses for reckless driving and not wearing a seatbelt and taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital to detox before being turned over to responsible family members pending a hearing, the captain said.

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