Erratic Driver Arrested On CDS & DUI Charges

On August 20, 2011, Patrolman James Kompany was dispatched to the area of West Colfax Avenue and Willow Avenue for a report of an erratic driver who was driving on the sidewalk and had possibly struck several parked vehicles. The actor was described as a white male in his late teens driving a black Nissan. Dispatch advised the vehicle was now mobile and was thought to be on West Lincoln Avenue. Patrolman Kompany located the suspect vehicle as it was turning southbound onto Faitoute Avenue. A motor vehicle stop on West Webster Avenue at Maplewood Avenue revealed the driver, Daniel S. Majer, age 22 of South Plainfield, appeared to be extremely disoriented and was unable to focus his attention on the officer. Patrolman Kompany was able to observe several pieces of greenish/brown vegetation matter on the lap area of Mr. Majer’s pants and on the seat between his legs. Patrolman Kompany recognized this material to be suspected raw marijuana. Patrolman Kompany also discovered a loose pill in Mr. Majer’s possession and he was unable to explain why he had it in his possession.

Further investigation revealed the passenger side of the vehicle had a large dent in the door. In addition, the right front rim was cracked and bent, which is consistent of striking a curb or other fixed object.

Mr. Majer continued to exhibit strange behavior; his speech was slow and labored, while his eyes were dilated. His story became inconsistent and he could not articulate why he was in this immediate area. He asserted that he was going to visit a relative in Kenilworth but did not know why he was in Roselle Park. He further claimed that may have ‘jumped’ a curb but could not explain where or why he did so.

Mr. Majer was arrested for possession of marijuana and suspected driving under the influence. He was charged with the following:

  • 2C:35-10(a)(1) (possession of Schedule IV narcotics)
  • 2C:35-10(a)(4) (possession of marijuana)
  • 39:4-50 (driving while under the influence)
  • 39:4-49.1 (possession of CDS in a motor vehicle)

Mr. Majer was released to a relative at Trinitas Hospital pending a Union County Superior Court appearance on September 7, 2011.