Rahway Fire Chief lands in hot water

More than 100 new reports surfaced after Rahway Fire Chief William R. Young Jr. was charged with driving drunk by Jackson Township Police, who stopped him at about 10:40 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2017, and conducted several field sobriety tests.

The 60-year-old chief was off-duty and in his personal vehicle when the incident occurred.

New Jersey and New York news media began reporting stories on January 10 when news of the November 11 arrest surfaced. A second wave followed release of the police dash-cam video showing Young getting arrested, which was posted on YouTube by NJ.com on January 19, 2018.

The video of the incident shows Jackson Police Officer Michael Morizio questioning Young, who vomited and urinated on himself, as the fire chief denied that he was drunk. 

Morizio said, “Let me ask you a question. Are you aware you urinated in your pants?” Young replied, “No I didn’t.”  

A report filed by police said Young told the officers that he had a few drinks at a party in Rahway. Someone called the police to report that Young’s white BMW almost hit a bus and a wall, according to the report.

The report said Morizio saw Young come to an abrupt halt at a stop sign at Diamond Road and remain there, but the fire chief drove away when he got out of the squad car, with its flashing lights.  The officer then activated his sirens and pulled Young over near Alexander Avenue.

Young, 60, was unable to find a vehicle registration or insurance identification card, but he produced a driver’s license and his firefighter identification card, the report said.

Young’s blood alcohol level was 0.12, well above the state’s legal limit of 0.08. He vomited twice in a holding cell and fell asleep before his wife picked him up, the report says.

Young, whose municipal salary is $167,929, has been scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 8 on charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving.

Mayor Raymond Giacobbe Jr. said Young remains on the job but declined to elaborate, due to city policy not to comment on personnel issues.


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