Ex-coach accused of Drunk Driving after he failed to appear in Upper Saddle River court for his Arraignment
UPPER SADDLE RIVER – John J. Rathbun, 49, of Lakewood, was accused of drunk driving after he failed to show for his arraignment in municipal court Tuesday evening.
Rathbun, who is a former youth football coach, was called to appear before Upper Saddle River Borough Judge Harry Norton at 5:50 p.m. However, he failed to show for his arraignment. The judge notified the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office of Rathbun’s failure to appear. He did not issue a bench warrant.
Earlier this month, Rathbun was arrested on October 10, on the suspicion of drunk driving. He turned himself in on an unrelated charge and was taken to the police station where a test determined his blood alcohol content to be three times the legal limit of 0.08 in the state of New Jersey.
Rathbun was arrested a second time just hours after he was charged and released for the first time. His second arrest was on suspicion of contempt for allegedly violating a court order barring him from coaching because he had not completed a background check. Rathbun also faces additional charges of possession of a controlled substance, having an open container of alcohol and drinking alcohol in a park.
Rathbun was later released from custody on $12,500 bail. Records show that he is currently unemployed.
Rathbun was coaching for the borough for his first year as a volunteer youth football coach. After Rathbun’s arrest, the borough suspended its youth football program until it can ensure that all volunteer coaches have passed background checks.
Records also show that Rathbun’s arrest came about two weeks after two parents of fourth-graders on his team were involved in a sideline fight. 46-year-old Juan Correa was arrested for assaulting another father, identified as Alex Berlingeri, who was punched in the head. The incident took place during a practice match at Hess Field and resulted in Correa’s arrest. However, neither Rathbun nor the kids on the team had anything to do with the fight between the two fathers.