DWI CHARGED AFTER CAR LANDS IN NAVESINK

car-in-river-062510A member of the Red Bank Fire Department’s scuba and dive team inspects the vehicle after it smashed through a fence at the foot of Maple Avenue. (Photo by Carl Colmorgen; click to enlarge)

A Staten Island man was arrested on a drunk-driving charge after he drove his car into the Navesink River in Red Bank early Friday morning.

Steve Barranca, 52, was the lone occupant of the 2008 Lexus when it smashed through a boardwalk fence at the northern end of Maple Avenue and fell about 10 feet into the river, says Captain Darren McConnell.

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LIGHTS ARE ON, BUT SIGNS A PROBLEM?

maple-wfront-signageFor the first time, cars in the right lane on northbound Maple Avenue are allowed to turn left onto West Front Street.

First, the news: the new traffic lights at Maple Avenue and Water/White streets in Red Bank have finally been switched on.

Captain Darren McConnell, head of the traffic safety unit of the borough police department, announced the activation this afternoon.

But the recent $1.54 million installation of lights and other improvements at that intersection and the one just north of it, at Maple and West Front Street, have prompted some concern among redbankgreen readers, who think new signage could cause trouble.

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