Charges Filed in Princeton NJ School Bus Crash

The driver of a vehicle involved in a serious school bus crash in Princeton NJ has been charged with multiple traffic violations.

According to authorities, the 26-year-old Morris Plains resident was driving a 2011 BMW 328i north on Route 26 when he rounded a curve and struck a school bus.

Police believe that the driver crossed a double-yellow line while rounding a curve on the highway just past Hutchinson Drive. The driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and struck the left front bumper of the bus, which was traveling south on Route 26. The bus was reportedly heading to Ewing, New Jersey.

Authorities said that the collision caused the bus to flip on its side. Meanwhile, the BMW spun out of control before coming to a stop.

Four people were injured in the accident: the driver of the BMW and three people who were on the bus. One of the people injured was a 16-year-old student at Rock Brook School. Everyone who suffered injuries was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, where they received medical treatment. Thankfully, no one suffered life-threatening injuries.

Princeton police and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the crash. It was eventually decided that the driver of the BMW should be charged with careless driving and failure to keep right.

At this time, police still do not know if excessive speeding played a factor in the accident.

For more information, access the NJ.com article entitled “Charges Filed in School Bus Crash in Princeton.”

Single-Vehicle Crash in Ewing NJ Leads to DWI Charges

A single-vehicle car accident in Ewing NJ left three people with injuries and led police to charge the driver with drunk driving.

Ewing police received a call about a car accident on the southbound lane of Bear Tavern Road in Ewing, New Jersey. When police officers got to the scene, they saw a 2005 Ford Mustang which had crashed into a utility pole.

The pole reportedly sustained serious damage, with power lines also falling down. According to police, the live power lines made it difficult to excise at least one of the passengers from the car.

The vehicle was allegedly driven by a 19-year-old resident of Ewing. After the accident, the driver and two adult passengers in the car were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for their injuries.

The driver was later charged with driving while intoxicated because her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was reportedly above the legal limit of .08 percent. However, police have not revealed the driver’s precise BAC at the time of the crash.

Additionally, the driver faces charges for underage DWI because she was under the legal drinking age of 21.

The driver was also cited for several traffic violations, including reckless driving, careless driving, and failure to keep right.

For more information, access the NJ.com article entitled “One-Car Crash in Ewing Sends 3 to Hospital, Driver Charged with DWI.”

Pennington NJ Man Accused of Stabbing Female Relative in Hopewell Township

Police in Hopewell Township NJ arrested a man suspected of stabbing a woman several times.

The 35-year-old Pennington man is accused of stabbing a 44-year-old female relative during a violent encounter at the apartment he shares with his mother.

Hopewell Township police received a call about a stabbing in a third floor hallway at the Hopewell Gardens apartment complex on Denow Road. When officers got to the scene, they saw the woman outside the complex. According to authorities, the victim’s boyfriend helped her get outside while the suspect remained inside the apartment.

The victim was immediately transported to nearby Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where she was treated for her injuries. She remains in the facility. Thankfully, she is now in stable condition.

Although the identity of the victim has not been released to the media, police did confirm that she is related to the suspect.

While the victim was rushed to the hospital, police officers from Hopewell, Pennington, and Ewing moved quickly to secure the area. When the suspect barricaded himself inside the apartment and refused to leave, police officers dug in for the long haul while neighboring residents were evacuated to other areas of the complex.

The New Jersey State Police Technical Response Bureau and the New Jersey State Police Crisis Negotiations Team also assisted local police in the matter. When none of the strategic teams were able to convince the suspect to peacefully surrender, police forced their way into the home and took the suspect into custody.

The stand-off with police lasted approximately four hours.

The suspect has since been charged with attempted murder and a number of weapons offenses, including possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to a Trenton hospital for a psychological evaluation. Sometime later, he was transported to Mercer County Jail in Hopewell Township. He is currently being held at the jail on $250,000 bail.

To learn more about this incident, read the NJ.com article entitled “Pennington Man Arrested After 4-Hour Police Standoff is Charged with Attempted Murder.”

Ewing Police Department Considers Purchasing New Computers, Equipping Officers with Body Cameras

The Ewing Township Police Department is considering the possibility of equipping officers with body cameras.

The Ewing council recently voted to support a local ordinance that grants authority to the current administration to bond funds for the purchase of new equipment for the police department.

The equipment may include new computers and patrol car cameras, as well as body cameras for officers on patrol.

Bert Steinmann, the Ewing mayor, said that patrol vehicle camera systems are old and need to be upgraded so that they are more in line with modern systems which provide high-definition footage.

According to John Stemler, a lieutenant with the Ewing Police Department, it is also crucial that the department replace the servers for cameras because the current servers have been crashing a lot recently. Moreover, said Stemler, the current servers could lose existing footage if they are not replaced.

It has not yet been determined if the department will acquire body cameras for officers. That’s because the purchase of body cameras is a secondary priority to the purchase of new computers and patrol car cameras.

However, the hope is that officers will eventually be equipped with body cameras so that there will be a more complete record of police interactions with the public. This would be particularly helpful in DWI cases and traffic cases. It would also protect the public against abuses of police power and unwarranted resisting arrest charges.

The ordinance will have to pass a second time in December, after which the new cameras would probably be installed in police patrol cars during the first six months of 2015. The cameras will likely be placed in the department’s newer vehicles prior to being installed in older vehicles.

If the police force ultimately purchases body cameras, the total cost of the technological overhaul could rise to $320,000.

To learn more, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Ewing Police Would Upgrade Technology, Could Get Body Cameras Under Proposed $300K Ordinance.”

Ewing NJ Police Investigate Car Theft

Ewing NJ police are searching for a man suspected of stealing two cars in October.

According to police, the suspect cut the lock to the fenced-in lot of DJ Restorations, an auto repair shop on the 200 block of Stokes Avenue in Ewing, New Jersey. The suspect then allegedly made off with a black 2009 Volvo C3.

When police investigated the reported theft, they came across a 2003 Eddie Bauer model Ford Explorer that had been abandoned at the scene. The car was previously reported as stolen from an auto body shop in Morrisville, Pennsylvania.

Police said that the suspect’s theft in Ewing NJ was captured on surveillance video. As a result, police were able to release a description of the suspect. He is described as a black male who stands roughly 5-feet, 10-inches tall and weighs around 200 pounds. He apparently has a beard and was wearing a jacket at the time of the theft.

If the suspect is eventually identified and captured, he could face serious penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3, auto theft is classified as a third degree felony. This means that anyone convicted of the unlawful taking of an automobile in the State of New Jersey is subject to a sentence of 3–5 years in NJ State Prison.

The investigation into the Ewing car theft remains ongoing. Ewing police have asked that anyone with information about the suspect or the alleged thefts please contact detectives at 609-882-1313. Members of the public can also call the Ewing Police Department confidential tip line at 609-882-7530.

For additional information, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Ewing Police Looking for Man in Connection with a Pair of Car Thefts.”