Police Captain drug-Impaired At Time Of Fatal Crash

| by Brendan Kelly
Capt. Earl B. Alexander IVCapt. Earl B. Alexander IV

A New Jersey police captain who was killed in a single-car crash in January was reportedly impaired by a cocktail of alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal narcotics at the time.

Capt. Earl B. Alexander IV had more than a dozen chemicals in his system and twice the legal limit of alcohol when he crashed his vehicle, according to a toxicology report. Several of the drugs found in his system are often linked to the designer drug movement, such as “bath salts,” reported

According to the toxicology report, the police captain’s blood contained Ethylene, Butylone, Methylone, Dimethylone, Dibutylone, Fluoroamphetamine, an antidepressant called Lexapro, Ambient, an amphetamine, and diphenhydramine, the chemical found in Benadryl. Alexander’s blood-alcohol concentration was 0.19 percent, which is twice the legal limit. 

Speaking about the chemicals found in Alexander’s system, Dr. Lawrence J. Guzzardi says “they’re designer drugs, club drugs, bath-salt-type drugs.” Dr. Guzzardi added, “I don’t know how this guy gets these.”

Alexander was second in command of Deal Police Department. He was pronounced dead at the scene on Jan. 2 after crashing his 2007 Acura into a utility pole in Ocean Township.

According to a police report, the captain was driving “at a rate of speed which was well in excess of the posted 35 mph speed limit.”

Capt. Alexander is survived by his two children - a 4-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter - and his fiancee, whom he proposed to a week before his death, according to

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