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Cops: Man Was Drunk, Had Meds in Car

The following information was provided by the Washington Township Police. It does not indicate a conviction.

A Stanhope man was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after failing a field sobriety test, Lt. Doug Compton said.

Steven Kerrick, 20, of Stanhope was stopped on Naughright Road by officer Michael Hade for a motor vehicle violation, Compton said. When Hade spoke with Kerrick, the officer smelled an alcoholic beverage and requested Kerrick perform field sobriety tests, Compton said.

Kerrick failed the test and was also found to be in possession of prescription drugs, which were not in their proper container, Compton said. Kerrick was then arrested and charged with having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated.

Kerrick also received criminal complaints for being in possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of alcohol under the legal age.

For questions about this post, please email jason.koestenblatt@patch.com.

Richard Todd May 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM
I am surprised that they couldn't find a few more charges to add on, after all law enforcement and the justice system are businesses like any other and in these hard times customers are hard to come by. You need to make the most of any opportunity.
Douglas Nelson May 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM
I notice that this section is always referred to as "Cops". Is this not a bit disrespectful? If Cops is meant as a pun on Copped then this is  poor journalism. Surely a better title could be used. Local Police Reports for example.
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) May 30, 2012 at 01:22 PM
@Douglas - Thanks for the comment. In today's vernacular, "Cops" has become synonymous with Police. We use the term "Cops" to illustrate where the information is coming from. So, if you see another article headline that says "Official:" or "Mayor:" it's to show who is speaking or where the information is coming from. Our use of the word "Cops" isn't meant to be disrespectful. Thanks again for the comment!
Paul Winchell May 30, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Nice comment Dick Todd, you're a disgrace.
C May 30, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Speaking of poor journalism....Cops isn't meant as a pun on Copped, it comes from when their badges were made of Copper. Do you research next time
Team Casper June 01, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I thought Cops was Citizens on Patrol?
Not Again! June 01, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Poor Grandma - shes in jail. Seems that her eyesight isn't that great, and while she was driving the speed limit, those twists and turns on Wherli Road made her touch the white line on the side and even the middle yellow line. Not nearly as much as the giant utes rushing home from Califon Fields mind you. Anyway, Grandpas been gone a while and no one noticed she had a light out on her older car. So the Policeman pulled her over for failure to keep right and failure to maintain lamps and then he noticed she was in possession of prescription drugs, which were not in their proper container, you know, monday..tuesday..wednesday. So they locked her up. Not because she is a threat but she can't afford all those fines - and the Committee Man said "Hooray, another win for the good guys!"
Paul Winchell June 02, 2012 at 02:32 AM
The above post makes no sense and you will be dumber for having read it.

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