New Jersey: Hanover Township Police report DWI arrest for Peter Recchia while on hell-ride

Hanover Township Police motor unit

Hanover Township Police motor unit

According to Hanover Township Police Chief Stephen Gallagher on 7/4/2015 at 23:25
Ptl. Eric Prach arrested Peter Recchia, Whippany, NJ, age 39 and charged him with DWI, Reckless driving, speeding, failure to wear seatbelt, failure to possess a driver’s license, and failure to notify DMV of address change.

Peter Recchia had been observed speeding on Whippany Rd. 70 MPH in a 40 MPH zone. Recchia was eventually stopped on Appleton Way and after a short conversation he was arrested for DWI. Peter was processed and released to a friend.

From the Daily Record:

Hanover Officer injured by DWI driver

A township policeman was injured when an alleged drunk driver crashed into his patrol car early Saturday morning on Route 287, according to department and New Jersey State Trooper sources.

Patrolman Robert Carpenter’s actions may have saved the life of two State Troopers, who also sustained minor injuries at the scene when they hopped the highway’s center divider to avoid the crash, according to Hanover Police Capt. Shawn Waldron and Sgt. Jeffrey Flynn of the New Jersey State Police.

“He’s home now, but he’s pretty banged up,” Waldron said Monday morning.

Carpenter had just arrived about 2 a.m. Saturday to assist State Troopers from the Netcong barracks with traffic at an accident scene on southbound Route 287 when his patrol vehicle was rear-ended by a 2012 Jeep Wrangler driven by Claudia Echeverri-Salazar, 29, of Morristown, according to the State Trooper report. ….MORE