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Man Charged In Crash That Killed NJ Officer

Associated Press

November 30, 2010

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TOMS RIVER — Bail remains at $250,000 for the New Jersey man charged with vehicular homicide in the death of an off-duty police officer on the Garden State Parkway.

The Asbury Park Press reported Erick Uzcategui hung his head and told a judge he understood his rights during his first court appearance in Ocean County on Monday.

Authorities say the 31-year-old’s SUV slammed into the back of Ocean Gate Officer Jason Marles’ Jeep Grand Cherokee just after 3 a.m. on Thanksgiving. The nine-year veteran of the police force had just finished working at a drunken driver checkpoint.

Prosecutors say Uzcategui failed a sobriety test after State Police detected alcohol on his breath. Results of a blood test are pending.

Uzcategui’s public defender told the judge his client may hire a private attorney.


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    revCCBeasley

    almost 4 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Job 1:21, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised."

    RIP Officer Maries

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    Whalewatcher

    almost 4 years ago

    11226 Comments

    Rest in peace, Officer Marles.

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    T_9

    almost 4 years ago

    5668 Comments

    Thoughts and prayers to the family and department! I hope the driver gets the max allowable by law. He chose to drink and drive and because of him, an officer is lost, a family torn apart. The driver should have to suffer all the consequences, and then answer to God.

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    Ellis364

    almost 4 years ago

    14 Comments

    Rest in Peace Jay. Thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, his two young daughters, his family and friends. He was an outstanding Officer and a great friend to many. The support for the family has been awesome. You will be missed.

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    HEYSARGE

    almost 4 years ago

    16726 Comments

    RIP

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 4 years ago

    51114 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Marles. Hope he gets the max by law.

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    kweikman

    almost 4 years ago

    796 Comments

    Make an example out of him

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    rhood

    almost 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Hope that he remains jailed and is then given the max penality available by law.

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    Gombino

    almost 4 years ago

    2658 Comments

    Impaired driving. Officer lost. Fry him.

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