According to prosecutors, the 34-year-old suspect crashed into another car while driving on Rutherford Avenue near Route 23 in March 2014. Authorities alleged that the suspect was intoxicated and driving on the wrong side of the road. The incident reportedly occurred around 10 p.m. on a Saturday night.
Afterwards, the suspect allegedly tried to flee the scene of the accident. Police officers reportedly found the suspect approximately a quarter-mile away from the accident after he collided with a guardrail and an embankment.
Five people were injured as a result of the drunk driving accident. Remarkably, the suspect was not injured at all.
The injured parties included a 41-year-old passenger in the suspect’s vehicle, the 18-year-old driver of the other car, and three teenagers who were also riding in the other car.
After the collision, all of the injured individuals were transported to Newton Medical Center for medical treatment. Thankfully, none of the injuries were too serious.
The suspect lives in the Highland Lakes section of Vernon, New Jersey. He will return to Sussex County Superior Court in Newton NJ in April to be sentenced. It is possible that the suspect could face significant jail time because of the felony assault by auto conviction.
For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Man Pleads Guilty to Sussex DWI Crash That Injured 5.”