The information contained in this Police Blotter has been compiled and released at the discretion of the West Milford Township Police Dept. 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:
July 10: DWI
On Saturday, July 10, at 10:27 p.m., Officer Jonathan Bregman was travelling south on Route 23 South near Paradise Road when he observed a 2019 Jeep Compass commit several motor vehicle violations.
Bregman initiated a motor vehicle stop and made contact with the driver identified as John Strelec, 44, of Oak Ridge, N.J.
Police said that while speaking to Strelec, Bregman observed signs of intoxication.
Strelec refused to perform standard field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for DWI. He was transported and processed.
Strelec was also charged with refusal to submit to breath testing, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to yield right of way, improper turn at traffic control signal, umproper turn on red signal and unclear plates.
He was released to a friend pending initial appearance in West Milford Municipal Court.
July 11: DWI/Assault by auto
On Sunday, July 11, at 5:58 p.m., West Milford Police officers were dispatched to the area of 856 Macopin Road on a report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle and pinned underneath the vehicle.
On officers arrival they found the pedestrian underneath a 2018 Nissan Rogue being operated by David Vanalstyne, 73, of West Milford.
Nearby residents had used the car jack from the involved vehicle to lift the vehicle off of the victim. West Milford Fire Company 1 and Fire Company 4 arrived on scene and were able to assist in lifting and stabilizing the vehicle in order to remove the victim who was then transported to Echo Lake ballfield by West Milford First Aid Squad and flown to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson by New Jersey State Police NorthStar helicopter.
Police said that while speaking to Vanalstyne, officers observed signs of intoxication. After refusing to perform standard field sobriety tests, Vanalstyne was placed under arrest for DWI. He was transported to a hospital for medical reasons.
Additional on scene investigation was conducted by West Milford Police Crash Investigation Unit. Vanalstyne was later charged additionally with assault by auto, reckless driving and open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
He was released pending initial appearance in Passaic County Superior Court.