New Jersey man faces multiple charges in Palmer
A New Jersey man faces multiple charges after being pulled over early Tuesday. He is the Phillipsburg man who says his house was burned down and is living with a relative in Palmer Township.
53-year-old Frank William Fisher, whose house apparently burned down last month, is being charged in Palmer Township in a suspected drunken driving case. He is charged with DUI and refusing to submit to a blood test after being taken into custody for suspected drunken driving.
According to court records, in addition to DUI (refusal), Fisher was charged with driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked and general lighting requirements.
The incident took place early Tuesday around 12:40 a.m. when police stopped Fisher. He was driving a red 2000 MC Sonoma pickup northbound on Route 248 near Palmer Park Mall. Fisher pulled his truck into the mall’s Bon-Ton parking lot. The truck’s driver-side headlight was out at the time of the incident.
The township Officer Steve Steckel said that he stopped Fisher’s pickup when it was traveling northbound on Route 248. The officer asked Fisher for his license and registration. However, Fisher gave him a registration and insurance card instead of his driver’s license.
The officer wrote in the criminal complaint that he again asked for license and Fisher said that his license, issued in New Jersey, is under suspension for driving while intoxicated. When Steckel asked for another photo ID, Fisher gave him a New Jersey identification card that contained a photo.
The officer further added in the complaint that meanwhile he noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from Fisher. The officer also mentioned that his speech was very slurred and his eyes were very glassy and bloodshot.
When the officer asked Fisher if he was drinking, Fisher replied that he had a few beers after work in New Jersey. He works for a roofing company in the Warren County community of Stewartsville.
When Fisher was asked by the officer to get out of the truck and perform several field sobriety tests on the Bon-Ton lot, Fisher replied to the officer that he completed the tests. The officer then placed him under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Fisher was taken to the Easton DUI Center where he refused to submit to a blood test. He was charged by on-duty district Judge John Capobianco of Nazareth later Tuesday. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
According to a personal information sheet in Fisher’s file, he claims his New Jersey house burned down. The sheet also mentions that the Phillipsburg native is staying at his sister’s house in Palmer.
A criminal complaint in the Palmer case lists Fisher’s address as a post office box in Asbury. That address is in Warren County.
However, a web search shows that a story on Saturday Feb. 9 was posted on the Hunterdon County Democrat. It was about a fire the day before in the Hunterdon community of Bethlehem Township that damaged a home during a snowstorm. Hunterdon is east and south area of Warren County.
It is written in the story that the responders found the resident of the house named Frank Fisher in the kitchen. He was trying to fill a plastic bucket with water to throw on the fire. Later, a state trooper ordered Fisher out.
The story further mentions that Fisher became hostile and combative according to the state police and had to be physically removed from the house. However, Fisher was not charged with any wrongdoing.