A High Bridge man crashed his car in Califon Monday night, and was found to be in possession of dozens of Xanax pills and allegedly intoxicated, Washington Township Police said.
Officer Mike Thompson responded to Route 512 at about 8:20 p.m. in response to a single-car crash, Lt. Art Adams said. When Thompson arrived, he found an SUV off the roadway and the driver, David Valentine, 46.
Valentine appeared under the influence of a narcotic, Adams said, and failed field sobriety tests, leading to his arrest.
There was no known reason for the crash other than the driver's alleged impairment, Adams said.
The Washington Township Police K-9 Cliff detected narcotics were inside the SUV, Adams said. The vehicle was impounded and Valentine gave consent to search the interior, Adams said.
During a search, a small plastic bag was found with 85 Xanax pills, Adams said. Valentine was charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, and several other motor vehicle violations, Adams said.
Valentine was placed in the Hunterdon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $7,500 bail with no 10-percent option.
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