According to authorities, the 38-year-old suspect was driving a black Infinity when he lost control of the vehicle and struck an SUV driven by a 40-year-old Bronx, NJ woman.
The crash left two people with injuries.
The accident also caused police to shut down Route 4 for several hours, with utility crews working through the night to make repairs.
Police said that the suspect fled the scene of the accident by driving westbound. According to witnesses, the suspect lost control of his vehicle again and slammed into a utility pole near Decatur Avenue. The collision caused the pole, which had live wires, to topple and fall onto a Honda Civic. The vehicle’s driver and passenger were both injured in the collision. Both victims were taken to Holy Name Medical Center for treatment.
When officers finally placed the suspect under arrest, they smelled what they believed to be alcohol on his breath. Officers also said that the suspect appeared “highly impaired.”
A subsequent search of the suspect’s Infinity reportedly turned up marijuana and multiple open bottles of alcohol.
After being treated for injuries at Hackensack University Medical Center, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail and booked on charges of DWI, driving under the influence of marijuana, marijuana possession, assault by auto, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license.
For more information about this incident, read the NJ.com article entitled “Flanders Man Charged with DWI after Route 4 Wreck That Injured Mother, 9-Year-Old Daughter.”