West Milford Police Blotter

17 Dec 2018 | 05:17

    The information contained in this Police Blotter has been compiled and released at the discretion of the West Milford Township Police Department and does not represent the entire scope of activity for the time period. However, in the spirit of transparency, the police department strives to release all information that can be released without compromising ongoing investigations or causing unnecessary harm to victims.


    On November 18, 2018 at approximately 9:30 PM West Milford Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Route 23 North before Echo Lake Road on a report of a roll over involving downed wires. Upon Officer Jonathan Bregmans arrival, he observed a large debris field in the roadway from the accident. According to witnesses, the driver of the truck that rolled over, identified as 51 year old William Youells from Rockaway, NJ was travelling at a high rate of speed in the fast lane when he swerved right abruptly striking a snow embankment and a telephone pole before over turning into the roadway. The driver exhibited signs of intoxication and after failing his sobriety tests he was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing. The driver was issued summonses for DWI, Reckless Driving and Failure to Keep Right. He was given a future municipal court date and released to a friend. Due to the accident, Route 23 North was closed for approximately 5 hours while the roadway was cleared and repairs were made to the utility pole.

    Eluding & Resisting Arrest

    On November 27, 2018 at approximately 3:20 PM West Milford Police Officers were conducting a criminal investigation involving 38 year old Hewitt, NJ resident Frederick Steinman 4th. The accused had fled the scene of the crime prior to police arrival. West Milford Police Officers Carol Stelmach and James McMahon observed Mr. Steinman pass their location and the officers attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop on the accused. While passing several vehicles on Union Valley Road the

    driver ignored officers warnings to stop and he continued to flee the scene. The accused’s vehicle eventually became disabled and struck a curb near the Pinecliff Lake Clubhouse. The accused opened the drivers door and before he was able to flee on foot, officers struggled with the driver before placing him under arrest. He was transported to police headquarters where he was criminally charged with burglary, criminal mischief, eluding, resisting arrest and numerous motor vehicle violations. He was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson prior to be lodged at the Passaic County Jail to await his first court hearing.