Toms River, NJ blue line painter put a strange device on the road: the cops


TOMS RIVER — A name familiar to Ocean County law enforcement is in trouble again, this time for allegedly causing a false public alarm by placing a makeshift device in the middle of a township intersection, causing a response from local, county and state authorities.

In addition to a false public alert, David Giordano, 36, of Toms River, was charged with possession of alprazolam, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after his arrest on Monday, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office. of Ocean County.

Giordano’s latest arrest follows a car crash on the Garden State Parkway near Bloomfield earlier Monday that required Giordano to be briefly hospitalized, the OCPO said.

And it came two days after the Toms River Police Department was alerted to a suspicious item left in the area of ​​Hooper Avenue and Washington Street, the statement said, a car battery with an inverter attached, with a strand of blue LED Christmas lights attached to the inverter on one end and a bottle of Clorox bleach containing liquid on the other.

The part of Hooper Avenue where the device was found is between the Ocean County Courthouse and the County Administration Building, which is near where county officials say Giordano had illegally painted a blue line in support of law enforcement last March.

The surrounding streets were temporarily closed to traffic on Saturday until police, a Berkeley Township Hazardous Materials Squad, units from the Ocean County District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Office and the Bomb Unit of New Jersey State Police determined that the device was not explosive in nature.

The incident was not the first time Giordano had been accused of creating a false public alert, having been charged with it and terrorist threats last summer, connected to YouTube videos he allegedly made after his arrest in the Blue Line controversy earlier. in 2021.

Giordano remains being held at the Ocean County Jail on false alarm and drug charges filed during Monday’s arrest.

Patrick Lavery is the New Jersey 101.5 afternoon news anchor. follow him on Twitter @plavery1015 or email [email protected]

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