WEEKEND WRECKS LEAD TO DWI CHARGES

impaled-092611A street sign impaled a tree on Broad Street as a result of predawn accident that destroyed a utility pole and led to a shutdown of the road for several hours Sunday. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Two motorists face charges of drunk driving after their involvement in accidents four hours apart over the weekend, Red Bank police said.

Read More »

COPS: BODY FOUND, BOAT DRIVER WAS DRUNK

northoverThe command center in front of the mansion at 36 Northover Place in Middletown, where the victims of the boating accident came ashore, as seen at about 5 a.m. Sunday. (Click to enlarge)

An Atlantic Highlands man was charged with drunk driving in the Navesink River accident that killed the lone passenger of the boat he was operating and sent all five occupants of a second boat into the water Saturday night, State Police said Sunday morning.

The body of the victim, which had been missing after the 11:30 p.m. crash, was recovered from the river almost nine hours later, after being spotted by a State Police helicopter between Middletown and Fair Haven, said Sergeant Brian Polite.

An eyewitness gave redbankgreen a different account of the body’s recovery.

The name of the victim has not been released pending notification of next of kin, he said. [Update, 2:50 p.m.: NJ.com reports the victim was Christopher Plant, 50, from Keansburg.]

Read More »

SECOND VICTIM OF DRUNK COP DIES

people-in-the-newsA woman left comatose after a former Middletown police officer crashed his car into hers while he was drunk has died, according to the Jersey Journal.

Forty-year-old Ruth Zelaya died March 24 as a result of “complications from the motor vehicle collision,” Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Michael D’Andrea told the newspaper.

Zelaya’s two-year-old son, Jose Carlos Zelaya, died several days after the January, 2007 wreck on the Pulaksi Skyway in Jersey City.

Kevin Freibott, a Middletown resident and Jersey City police officer, is serving an 11-year prison sentence following his December 2007 guilty plea to vehicular homicide, assault by auto and drunk driving.

Read More »

HIT & RUN ENDS IN GOOSE NECK WRECK

goose-neck-wreck-032010The driver had two accidents more than two miles apart, according to police. (Click to enlarge; photo by Anthony Trufolo)

A Little Silver man faces drunken driving and other charges after a hit-and-run crash and a second one that ended on the Goose Neck Bridge on Seven Bridges Road Saturday night, borough police say.

Joseph F. Hall Jr., 58, was charged with failure to keep right, reckless driving,  leaving the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the department’s spokesman, Sergeant Dan Shaffery.

Read More »