Alleged Drunk Driver Stopped From Plowing Into Memorial Day Parade By Police Officer
ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. – A fatal incident was prevented from happening by a quick thinking cop in New Jersey as the officer stopped a driver who was driving under the influence of alcohol.
The officer used his cruiser to block the way of the DUI driver who was just a half-block away from a Memorial Day parade.
The drunk individual was going towards the parade route and a line of spectators in Rochelle Park.
He had ignored police warnings to stop until the cop blocked her path by putting his car right in front of hers.
According to authorities, Sharon Burke, 48, drove her motor vehicle into the active parade right on West Passaic Street.
Officer James Lavigna said, “If she had continued in her travels, there’s no doubt that she would have struck either an officer that was directing traffic, a pedestrian, or the parade itself.”
When the cop put his car in the way of the suspected drunk driver, a minor collision happened and Burke got out of her motor vehicle as a result of which the cop became suspicious.
According to Lavigna, “There was an empty bottle of vodka on the passenger seat and after removing the driver from the vehicle and conducting a few sobriety tests we were able to determine that she was under the influence of alcohol.”
The annual Memorial Day parade honors heroes of battle and there were a large number of kids, participants and honored guests, spectators paying tribute to the brave men and women who served their country and worked for their safety.
But police said that Burke’s way of celebrating the day could have ruined the holiday if the police officers present at the spot and on duty were not alert.
Holidays in New Jersey often result in crowded streets and busy establishments. Locals who travel across the Country and get into trouble while on vacation must contact a criminal defense law firm in the state where they are facing charges.
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