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County Executive's Son Arrested On Drug Charges

Brendan Donovan charged with possession of marijuana, allegedly smoked pot with teen girls in his mother's house.

The son of Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan was arrested Wednesday after smoking marijuana with two teenage Rutherford High School students at Donovan's home, police said.

Brendan Donovan, 20, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of marijuana, Rutherford Police Capt. Hal Ciser said.

Police received a call Wednesday from Rutherford High School at 1:23 p.m. informing them that a female student had left school and appeared to be under the influence of drugs, Ciser said.

Police were unable to locate her, but received another call 20 minutes later saying that the student returned to school with another female student, Ciser said.

The 17-year-old and the 16-year-old girls both appeared to be under the influence, Ciser said. They were transported to Hackensack University Medical Center.

Police learned that they smoked marijuana with Brendan Donovan at his Rutherford residence, where he lives with his mother, Ciser said. Police went to the home to make sure he didn't need treatment as well.

There, police learned that the girls took Xanax in addition to smoking marijuana, Ciser said. But Donovan "had nothing to do with the pills," Ciser said. 

After smoking with them, Donovan dropped the girls off at the high school, Ciser said. 

Donovan was processed and released after his arrest.

Jeanne Baratta, Kathleen Donovan's chief of staff, issued a statement in response to the arrest.

"This is a very difficult time for the County Executive and her family, and obviously a very personal matter," Baratta wrote. "Ms. Donovan appreciates people respecting her privacy and the privacy of her son.”

Harry July 02, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Toni, I believe they do have an obligation to do just that. I think it is a law.
Harry July 02, 2012 at 06:25 AM
[ :>) You can't say that "Concerned Parent" because now we know that you thought about it,that's premeditated.
Harry July 02, 2012 at 07:41 AM
Actually Paul if you drank a beer right now and drove to the police station you would fail the breathalyzer. It would take your body 1 hour to neutralize the alcohol in one beer,shot or mixed drink.
Harry July 02, 2012 at 11:15 AM
And these girls broke the law,therefore they are minors and he goes to jail
Harry July 02, 2012 at 11:23 AM
No I don't forget. I remember when I was 16 and this girl I knew got drunk and was in and out of consciousness. Well she was mumbling my name when her father found her,he came after me and kicked my a@@. When my father heard this he called her father up and asked him if he wanted to kick some more of my a@@. Thank God some cops found out and saved me,they knew I was not near her that night. Talk about happy to see a cop!!

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