Mount Olive, NJ police arrested a man on suspicion of drunk driving after he crashed his vehicle into a utility pole and the front entrance of a building.
The 26-year-old suspect allegedly lost control of his 2007 Mitsubishi while driving on Route 46. The car then left the roadway, collided with a utility pole, and crashed into the front of the My Sweet Cleaners building.
The crash set off the building’s burglar alarm, which prompted officers to respond to the scene. When a Mount Olive police officer arrived at the building, he saw the aftermath of the crash, which remarkably shattered the utility pole and snapped it into pieces. The downed power lines caused Jersey Central Power & Light to come to the scene to repair wires that had been damaged.
Officers on the scene noted that the suspect appeared to be intoxicated. After the crash, the suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Following treatment, he was taken into custody and charged with drunk driving.
In New Jersey, drunk driving is a very serious offense. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, a person convicted of multiple DWI/DUI offenses could be sentenced to up to six months in county jail and lose their license for a period of 10 years. Even a conviction for a first-time DUI offender can result in up to one month in jail and loss of driver’s license for one year.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Police: Man Who Drove Car into Mount Olive Cleaners Had Been Drinking.“