Police & Fire

DWI Driver Crashes into Two Cars; Teenage Bicyclist Charged After Running into Car

CHATHAM, NJ - Sean Leach, 30, of Florham Park was charged with driving while Intoxicated, driving while intoxicated in a school zone and reckless driving after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into two cars on Main Street, Monday on Labor Day.

In another incident, a teenage bicyclist was injured when he rear-ended a car making a turn.

On Sept. 2 at 3:07 p.m., patrolman Matthew Belcastro investigated a two-car accident on Main Street at Brooklake Road. A 2001 Ford driven by Leach attempted to make a left onto Main Street from Brooklake at a high rate of speed and lost control of his car.

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The car struck the curb on Main Street, crossed the center line and struck a car waiting in traffic. The car then spun around, struck the same vehicle again and then struck another car waiting in traffic. No injuries were reported and the Leach vehicle and one of the two cars he struck were towed from the scene.

In addition to the DWI charges mentioned, Leach was charged with failure to keep right, corrective lenses required, and unsafe tires. He was charged and released to a family member.

On Sept. 4 at 1:09 p.m., Sergeant Michael Mahoney investigated an accident on Watchung Avenue involving a bicyclist and a car.

The 16-year-old bicyclist from Summit was traveling east on Watchung Avenue when he struck the rear of a car that was also traveling east and in the process of turning into the Bottle King store parkng lot. The car was a 2013 Toyota driven by Susan Yarad, 38, of Summit.

The bicyclist was wearing a helmet and suffered a head laceration and was treated by the Chatham Emergency Squad and transported to Morristown Medical Center.

The bicyclist was issued a summons for operating his bicycle in a careless manner. The NJ motor vehicle code states that bicycles operated on public roadways are subject to the same duties and responsibilities as the driver of a motor vehicle. 

Report prepared by Kevin O'Shea 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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