Police in Randolph NJ police arrested a Morristown NJ man accused of causing a DWI accident on a local street.
The car accident happened a short time before 1:00 a.m. on January 20, 2016. A Randolph New Jersey police officer had parked his patrol vehicle in a construction zone around Sussex Turnpike and Mt. Freedom Avenue in Randolph, NJ. Police had marked the construction zone with safety barricades and traffic cones.
A number of other Randolph NJ police officers were also working in the construction zone to ensure that workers remained safe while moving around. Moreover, Randolph police arranged a detour for traffic from the Sussex Turnpike to Mt. Freedom Avenue.
The Randolph officer eventually involved in the drunk driving accident parked his patrol car approximately 30 feet from the construction zone. The vehicle’s emergency vehicles were activated, making it easier for other drivers to spot it.
The 20-year-old suspect, who resides in Morristown, was allegedly behind the wheel of a 2002 Toyota Rav 4 that he crashed into the Randolph police officer’s patrol vehicle. The suspect was reportedly intoxicated while traveling east on Sussex Turnpike.
According to authorities, the suspect drove through safety barricades and cones, refused to slow down, and crashed into the police vehicle.
The Randolph police officer was sitting in the car at the time of the accident. He sustained physical injuries that required him to get medical treatment at Morristown Medical Center.
The accident also caused significant damage to the patrol car.
Randolph police conducted an investigation and determined that the suspect was drunk, so he was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).
Additionally, the suspect was charged with several crimes, including assault by auto, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Beyond that, the suspect was issued citations for multiple traffic offenses.
For more information about this case, see the TAPinto.net article, “Morristown Man Arrested for DUI after Hitting Randolph Police Vehicle Head On.”