Montville New Jersey police arrested a man who was allegedly intoxicated when he attempted to walk across Route 46 with a young child in tow.
A concerned citizen alerted the Montville Police Department to the situation after apparently witnessing the suspect trying to cross the highway with a small child.
The suspect allegedly got to Route 46 by walking from Bloomfield Avenue. He then reportedly crossed both westbound and eastbound lanes of the highway in order to get to the other side.
According to law enforcement, the danger was extreme because the incident occurred in the middle of a snowstorm; highway lanes were covered with snow at the time.
Authorities believe that the suspect was crossing the highway so that he could get to a Wendy’s restaurant located on Route 46 East.
Montville police were dispatched to the scene. A short time later, they located the suspect at his home in the Pine Brook section of Montville NJ.
The 25-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
According to police, the child is just 4 years old. Montville police have yet to officially confirm the relationship of the suspect to the child. However, a criminal complaint which was filed in Morris County Superior Court states that the suspect is the girl’s caretaker.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. He is being held at the jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Man Was Drunk When He Took Kid Out for Walk Across Highway During Snowstorm, Montville Police Say.”