Muffler Violation Ends In Arrest

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Published: March 15, 2011 @ 5:00 PM EDT
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On March 15, 2011 at 12:33 p.m., Patrolman Joshua Medrano observed a black Nissan traveling eastbound on East Westfield Avenue with a loud/defective muffler in violation of 39:3-70 and failure to wear seatbelt in violation of 39:3-76.2F. A motor vehicle stop of the Nissan resulted in the discovery of three (3) glassine folds stamped “9½” containing suspected heroin residue; one (1) glass pipe containing suspected heroin residue ; and one (1) hypodermic needle.

The driver, Joseph Pertowski, age 23 of Roselle Park, was placed under arrest and charged with 2C:39-10(a)(1) (possession of heroin); 2C:36-2 (possession of drug paraphernalia); and 2C:36-6 (possession of a hypodermic needle) and motor vehicle summonses for 39:3-70 (defective muffler); 39:3-76.2F (seatbelt) and 39:4-49.1(CDS in motor vehicle). Mr. Pertowski was released pending a Superior Court first appearance date on March 28, 2011.