JACKSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. – The fire chief of Rahway, N.J. is accused of driving while so intoxicated that he urinated and vomited on himself on his way home from a party, reported NJ.com.
Jackson police arrested William R. Young Jr., with driving while intoxicated on Nov. 11 after callers to dispatch reported he had almost hit a bus and a wall, according to a police report.
Officer Michael Morizio spotted Young’s white BMW around 10:40 p.m. when he stopped short at a stop sign. Moreover, he then sat still without moving, the report said. As a result, the officer turned on his emergency lights and got out of the car to approach the BMW, but Young drove away, Morizio wrote in the report.
The officer followed Young and activated his siren, causing Young to eventually pull over, the report said.
Young, 60, searched for his registration and car insurance for more than a minute and was unable to find the documents, the report said. He gave the officer his driver’s license and his firefighter identification card, Morizio wrote.
“While William was searching for his documents I detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from within the vehicle,” Morizio wrote in the report. “I then visually observed stains on William’s sweatshirt which I recognized to be from vomiting very recently. I also observed a stain on William’s pants and it was evident that William urinated himself.”
Morizio asked Young where he was coming from and whether he had been drinking. The fire chief replied that he had been at a party in Rahway and had consumed a few drinks, the report said.
Young lives roughly 40 miles south of Rahway, where he also serves as the fire director.
While Morizio was talking to another officer who had arrived to help, Young turned on his radio and played it at what seemed like the highest volume, the report said. He then changed the station, lowered the volume, raised it again and then turned off the radio entirely, according to the report.
Morizio and the other officer told Young to step out of the car, and he rolled the window up most of the way, according to the report. Several seconds later and after the officers repeated the order, Young rolled the window down again and an officer helped him open the door “due to his inability to locate the handle,” the report said.
Young lost his balance while exiting his car, told the officers he was not that drunk. Furthermore, he denied that he had urinated on himself, the report said.
He failed a series of field sobriety tests, according to the report.
While police brought Young back to their headquarters, Young “appeared to be nauseous and was constantly dry heaving,” Morizio wrote in the report. He was also “burping and breathing heavy” throughout the trip.
Young twice vomited in a holding cell and then fell asleep, the report said. His wife eventually arrived to take him home, according to the report.
His blood alcohol content (BAC) was found to be 0.12, the report said.
In addition to DUI, Young also faces charges of reckless driving and traffic on marked lanes. He is scheduled to appear in municipal court in Jackson on Feb. 8.
Young told NJ Advance Media in an email Thursday, “Although I would like to comment on this situation, I must direct you to my attorney.”
However, his lawyer, Matthew Reisig, did not return calls for comment.
Young has been a public employee in New Jersey since at least 1989.
Rahway Mayor Raymond Giacobbe Jr. confirmed Friday that Young still has his job but declined to elaborate, saying it was city policy not to comment on ongoing personnel issues.
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