accident-061510The lone passenger had to be extricated after the car smashed into a tree on Broad Street. (Click to enlarge; photos courtesy of Peter Lindner)


A Hazlet man was arrested for drunken driving and his Red Bank passenger wound up in the hospital following an early morning car crash on Broad Street, police say.

Brian Cunningham, 38, was arrested after the 12:45a accident, in which his southbound 2008 BMW sedan slammed into a tree just south of the Reckless Place/Harding Road crossing, says Captain Darren McConnell.

Cunningham was uninjured, but his passenger, 30-year-old Christopher Lyon, was briefly trapped in the vehicle and was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center with a broken ankle and internal bleeding, McConnell says.

“It appears that speed was a factor,” McConnell says of the accident.

Patrolman Ashon Lovick made the arrest and Sergeant Errico Vescio of the traffic safety division is investigating the accident with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office. Further charges are expected, McConnell says.