BARNEGAT POLICE REPORT: Eight-miles-per-hour Driver on Route 72 Arrested on DWI Charge

Woman was followed by a line of cars.

Barnegat Township Police reported the following arrests in recent days:

On Feburary 8th at 6:45 p.m., Patrolman Jim Purcell arrested Barbara Schmidt, 49, of Langhorne, PA for driving while intoxicated after responding to the area of Route 72 and Route 539 for multiple reports of an erratic driver.

Upon arrival to the area, Purcell observed Schmidt's vehicle with a line of traffic behind it on Route 72. Schmidt's vehicle at that time was traveling eastbound at approximately 8 miles per hour.

After stopping Schmidt's vehicle and conducting field sobriety tests, Purcell placed Schmidt under arrest for driving while intoxicated.

She was processed and released after being issued summonses for DWI,  refusal to submit to breath tests, failure to use headlights, and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

On February 6th at 9 p.m., Patrolman Robert Armstrong arrested Robin Varner, 45, of Barnegat for driving while intoxicated after responding to East Bay Avenue and Lowershore Road for a report of downed utility wires.

Upon arrival, Armstrong was advised by a witness that Varner had crashed her vehicle into a utility pole and was now waiting in the witness's residence in order to keep warm.

Armstrong made contact with Varner and after conducting field sobriety tests placed her under arrest for DWI.

Varner was processed and released after being issued summonses for DWI, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane.


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