TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - Jurors have convicted a man of vehicular homicide in a fiery crash that killed an off-duty police officer who was on his way home on Thanksgiving after working a drunken driving detail.
The panel in Ocean County also found 34-year-old Erick Uzcategui was impaired by alcohol and cocaine when he crashed into the back of 32-year-old Ocean Gate Officer Jason Marles on the Garden State Parkway in Toms River in 2010.
The officer's vehicle crashed through a guardrail, overturned and burst into flames.
The Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/VSEjnQ ) reports Marles' mother, Patricia Engrassia, yelled out, "Yes," when the forewoman revealed the verdict on Thursday. Then she hung her head and wept.
Uzcategui faces five to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced.
Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com
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The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increase late Sunday and Labor Day.
Temperatures will warm headed into Labor Day. Saturday is the pick day of the holiday weekend with dry conditions and highs in the low 80s.
It turns hot and humid by Sunday with sct. shower and thunderstorm chances increasing N&W anytime after 2/3PM. It should remain dry down the shore all day Saturday and most if not all of Sunday.
Saturday (82/62): Sun/Clouds
Sunday (89/70): Clouds/Storm
Monday (90/74): Clouds/Storm
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