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Two people are facing drunken driving charges after a woman arrived at the Riverdale police station under the influence of alcohol to pick up her boyfriend after he was charged.
At 2:25 p.m. Monday, Patrolman Daniel Salvati responded to a report that an intoxicated man had parked his car on Mead Avenue and was walking to the strip mall on Hamburg Turnpike, Lt. James MacIntosh said.
The vehicle, a Chevy Avalanche, was found on Mead Avenue with the keys in the ignition, the engine running, and the left turn signal flashing, MacIntosh said.
While with the vehicle, Salvati saw the driver, identified as Stefano Mari, 41, of Mendham, walking toward him, dragging his feet and stumbling, MacIntosh said.
Mari was surprised to find he had left the Chevy running and had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, MacIntosh said.
A clear plastic cup with liquid in it was seen in the vehicle and smelled like it contained an alcoholic beverage, MacIntosh said.
Mari could not explain how he had ended up in Riverdale and was taken into custody following field sobriety tests, MacIntosh said.
Mari then became uncooperative and refused to enter the patrol vehicle, becoming verbally abusive, MacIntosh said.
At headquarters, Mari refused to take an Alcotest exam and shouted profanity at officers, MacIntosh said.
Mari was placed in a holding cell, where he continued to shout profanities and shake the cell bars, MacIntosh said.
Mari was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusing a breath test, open container, consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, failure to exhibit a registration, and disorderly conduct.
Mari’s court take was set for August and he contacted someone to pick him up at the station, MacIntosh said.
Mari’s girlfriend, Alexsandra Silvero, 42, of West Orange, arrived to pick him up at 8:24 p.m., MacIntosh said.
While speaking with officers, they detected an odor of alcoholic beverage on her breath, MacIntosh said.
Silvero said she drank earlier but was fine to drive, MacIntosh said.
She was then given field sobriety tests and an Alcotest exam, which revealed she had a blood alcohol content of more than three and a half times the legal limit of .08, MacIntosh said.
Silvero was charged with driving while intoxicated and was cooperative through processing despite Mari yelling obscenities at everyone and shaking the cell bars, MacIntosh said.
Silvero’s court date was set for August and she was released to a family member.
Mari was eventually released to a family member later in the evening, MacIntosh said.
Staff Writer Michael Izzo: 973-428-6636; mizzo@GannettNJ.com
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