Lacey police recently arrested a Toms River man for drunk driving,
threatening to kill a police officer and a number of other charges,
Police Chief David A. Paprota said.
Officers John Simonson and Julie Barcalow responded to the 100 block of
Route 9 South for a vehicle that struck a building at 5:04 p.m. on July 28,
After a brief investigation, they arrested the driver, Laurentin Benites, 39. He was charged with driving under the influence, refusal to take a breath test, reckless driving, driving without a license and driving with an open container of alcohol in the motor vehicle, the chief said.
"During the incident, Benites threatened to kill Officer Julie Barcalow," Paprota said. "As a
result, he was charged with Threats to Kill; his bail was set at $50,000
with no ten percent option."
Benites was taken to the Ocean County Jail in Toms River in lieu of bail, the chief said.
A passenger in the car, Mario Montes Perez, 24,
was charged with simple assault after allegedly striking a citizen who
was checking on him directly after the collision. He was released after
being served with a summons, Paprota said.