Mahwah Man With Three Teens In Backseat Arrested On DWI Charges
Additional charges may be filed against man who had three intoxicated teens in his car Thursday morning, police said
A Mahwah man was arrested after driving while intoxicated with three teenage girls in the backseat of his car, Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli said Thursday. The 16 and 17-year-olds were also intoxicated at the time of the arrest, Batelli said.
Che G. Muller, 21, was pulled over at about 2 a.m. last Thursday in the Fardale section of Mahwah after Police Officer Rosario Zito noticed his silver Toyota 4-Runner speeding and driving in an “erratic manner,” Batelli said. Muller was arrested and charged with a DWI, driving with a suspended license, and other driving infractions, Batelli said. According to police, there were also outstanding warrants for Muller’s arrest that had been issued by Borough of Emerson and the Township of Mahwah.
The three teenage girls in the car “were released to their parents pending the processing of juvenile complaints for consumption of alcohol by a minor,” Batelli said.
The investigation into the event is continuing, and additional charges may be filed against Muller, Batelli said. Muller was released Thursday and has a scheduled appearance in Mahwah Municipal Court.
Batelli said the arrest serves as an important reminder for parents of teenagers in Mahwah.He released the following statement:
This incident underscores the importance for parents to have frank and open discussions with their children about getting into vehicles with drivers who have been drinking. Parents should impress upon their children that they should never get in a car with a driver behind the wheel who they know or believe has been drinking. These are important discussions that every parent should consider having with their children. The alert observations of Officer Zito may well have prevented an accident.
Driving under the influence of alcohol and the resulting death and critical injuries caused by alcohol related crashes are a national tragedy. Some statistics show that 45% of people who die in car crashes involve a drinking driver under the age of 21 are people other than the driver. While these types of crashes can occur in a split second they unfortunately can leave scares that can last a lifetime.