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Driver using cell phone leads to DWI arrest

Arrested: David M. Ireland, age 32, of Augusta, NJ.


On Thursday, September 5, 2013, while assigned to patrol duties within the borough of Branchville, Sheriff’s Officer John Swords observed David Ireland talking on a cell phone while driving through Branchville.


Officer Swords initiated a motor vehicle stop and interviewed Mr. Ireland. Upon further investigation, Officer Swords determined Ireland was intoxicated. Officer Swords arrested Ireland and transported him to the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office for processing.


Ireland was charged with the following offenses: driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle while using a portable electronic device and possession of an open container/alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.


He was given a future court date to appear in Branchville Borough Municipal Court and released to the care of a responsible party.


Sheriff’s Officer Samantha Schilling and Sergeant John Gray assisted in the arrest.