RIVERDALE — Police arrested a Mendham man Monday for DWI, then arrested his girlfriend for the same offense when she came to the police station to pick him up.
Dispatched on a report that a man under the influence had parked on Mead Avenue, Ptlmn. Daniel Salvati found a Chevy Avalanche idling with the turn signal activated around 2:25 p.m. A clear cup containing what appeared to be alcohol was later found inside, according to police.
The driver, Stefano Mari, 41, of Mendham, walked back to the truck as Salvati was still at the scene. Mari was stumbling and dragging his feet, police said.
Mari, who smelled of alcohol, appeared surprised the truck was still running. He was unable to explain how he ended up in Riverdale, police also said.
Mari was arrested after a field-sobriety test but refused to enter the police vehicle, became verbally abusive, swore at police and later refused to take an Alcotest exam.
He was placed in a holding cell and charged with DWI, refusing a breath test, having an open container in a vehicle, consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, reckless driving and disorderly conduct.
Mari later called his girlfriend, identified in published reports as 42-year-old Alexsandra Silvero of West Orange, to pick him up. When she arrived at police headquarters shortly before 8:30 p.m., police noticed alcohol on her breath. She allegedly admitted to drinking earlier but also said she was able to drive.
She was given a field sobriety and a breath test, which revealed her blood-alcohol content at more than three times the legal limit, police said. She was charged with DWI and released to the custody of a family member.
Mari was also later released to a family member.