N.J. cop killed in crash had booze, drugs in system — (NY Daily News)

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NY Daily News

Friday, February 26, 2016, 2:49 PM

Fallen Deal, N.J., police Capt. Earl Alexander IV had alcohol, drugs and prescription pills in his system at the time of his fatal off-duty car crash, toxicology test results showed Friday.(Courtesy of Deal Police Department)

Deal police Capt. Earl Alexander IV, 38, died off-duty Jan. 2 when his car careened onto its side around a curve and ran into a utility pole in Ocean Township near the Jersey Shore, according to the Deal Police Department.A toxicology screening showed Alexander’s blood at the time of his death contained booze, bath salt-like stimulants, an amphetamine, an antidepressant, a sleeping pill and an antihistamine, the Asbury Park Press reported.

The cocktail would make anyone “markedly impaired” and provide grounds for a DUI arrest “on the spot,” physician Dr. Lawrence Guzzardi told the newspaper.

“They would have loss of inhibitions, loss of impulse control,” Guzzardi said. “They’d have impairment of night vision, depth perception, sensory perception. They’d have slower reflexes, poor coordination, difficulty doing divided tasks.”

Alexander’s blood-alcohol concentration of 0.19% is well above the state’s 0.08% limit. The illegal stimulants included ethylone, butylone, methylone, dibutylone, dimethylone and fluoroamphetamine. It isn’t clear how long the drugs had been in his system before the early-morning crash, Guzzardi noted.

“They’re designe drugs, club drugs, bath-salt-type drugs,” he said. “These are very unusual drugs. I mean, I don’t know how this guy gets these.”

Phone calls to Alexander’s home turned up a busy signal Friday afternoon. A memorial for the fallen 17-year officer and former firefighter drew hundreds of mourners days after his death. He was survived by his wife, a 6-year-old child and a 4-year-old child, according to his obituary.

A photo album of his Jan. 8 funeral posted on the police department’s Facebook page showed black bunting on the front of a Deal fire station and fellow officers carrying his flag-draped coffin into a church after a procession.

“Rest in Peace Earl, we will take it from here,” a caption on the post said.

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