NJ Man Accused In Officer’s Fatal Crash Detained

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Federal immigration authorities say a New Jersey man charged with drunken driving and vehicular homicide in the death of an off-duty police officer must remain jailed even though he has posted bail.

Authorities tell the Asbury Park Press of Neptune that 31-year-old Erick Uzcategui of Manchester will remain in the Ocean County Jail indefinitely on a detainer.

It was not disclosed why the detainer was issued. The Venezuelan-born Uzcategui posted $250,000 bail Friday.

Uzcategui’s public defender has said his client may hire a private attorney.

Prosecutors say Uzcategui’s SUV slammed into the back of Ocean Gate Officer Jason Marles’ Jeep early on Thanksgiving Day.

Marles had just finished working a drunken driving checkpoint and was headed home when the crash occurred.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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