On April 24, 2011 at 9:52 a.m., Patrolman Edward Nortrup was dispatched to East Westfield Avenue at Walnut Street for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Upon arrival, Patrolman Nortrup noticed three (3) vehicles at the location. One of the vehicles was driven by Vanghelis Carabulis, age 66 of Elizabeth, NJ.
Mr. Carabulis displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. An investigation resulted in the arrest of Carabulis for suspicion of DWI. An occupant of one of the other vehicles involved was transported to Overlook Hospital for back and neck pain.
Witnesses stated that Carabulis’ vehicle struck a vehicle that was stopped at the red signal from behind causing that vehicle to be pushed into the third vehicle.
Mr. Carabulis was arrested and charged with 2C:12-1(c)(2) (Assault by Auto DWI); 39:4-50 (DWI); and 39:4-96 (Reckless Driving). Mr. Carabulis was released pending a Union County Superior Court date of April 29, 2011.