Driver arrested for under the influence of CDS


PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department was contacted by the driver of a tow truck who had recently towed a vehicle from Eisenhower Parkway near Route 280 and gave the driver, John Colangelo Jr, 47, Morris Plains, a ride, on Thursday, February 22 at 6:22 p.m.

The tow truck operator stated that Mr. Colangelo began to act strange and was nodding off.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Patrol Officer Scott Baker spoke to Mr. Colangelo and requested an ambulance to assess him due to his inability to recall details of the crash. Mr. Colangelo spoke to members of Rockaway Neck First Aid Squad and refused further medical attention.

After a brief investigation Mr. Colangelo was placed under arrest for being under the influence of CDS. He was also found to be in possession of a short straw with suspected heroin residue and two bundles (containing 18 individual glassine folds) of suspected heroin. He was transported to police headquarters for processing at which time he was charged with one count in the Third Degree of Possession of CDS (Heroin)
one count of Being Under the Influence of CDS, a Disorderly Persons Offense
one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (straw), a Disorderly Persons Offense.

He was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending his first court appearance.

Editors Note: A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.