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DWI arrest made after car strikes tree, leaves scene

July 12, 2013 at 5:50 PM

CHATHAM, NJ - Karen Roche, 63, of Chatham was arrested and charged with a number of traffic violations, including Driving While Intoxicated and Leaving the Scene of an Accident, on Thursday, July 11, after Chatham police responded to a reported accident on Ogden Street.

On July 11 at 5:56 p.m., patrols responded to Ogden Street on a report of car that ran into a tree. Upon their arrival, there was evidence of an accident, but the vehicle had left the scene. Witnesses were able to provide a description of the car and driver. A short time later Patrolman Roy George found a vehicle and driver parked in the lot of the Cottage Deli on South Passaic Avenue that matched the description.

The vehicle had heavy front-end damage and the driver, Karen Roche, showed signs of intoxication. Following a brief investigation at the scene, Roche was arrested for DWI.

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She was brought to headquarters where she was processed. As a result of this incident, Roche was charged with the following: DWI, Reckless Driving, Open Container of Alcohol in a vehicle, No Liability Insurance, Careless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Failure to Report an Accident. She was released to a family member pending further court action.

On July 9 at 3 p.m., Patrolman Roy George was out of his patrol car while conducting an investigation at the CVS parking lot on Main Street. At that time he observed a 2000 Lincoln pull out of a parking spot and strike his patrol vehicle. The Lincoln was driven by Diane Lieb, 83, of Florham Park. No one was injured and Lieb was issued a summons for Failure to have an Insurance ID Card. 

On July 6 at 11:25 a.m., Patrolman Brian Maher investigated a two-car accident on Main Street near Fairmount Avenue. A 2005 Dodge driven by Vito Milano,  35, of South Plainfield, was heading east on Main Street when another car pulled out of a parking space and hit his vehicle. The other car was a 2012 Acura driven by Leslie Baer, 60, of New Providence. No one was injured, the Baer vehicle was towed from the scene, and Baer was issued a summons for Careless Driving.

Report was prepared by Det. Lt. Kevin O'Shea (retired) of the Chatham Borough Police Department.

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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