BARNEGAT, NJ - Barnegat Police announced today that they have cited a local driver with several tickets in connection with an incident that occurred this past Saturday. Among other things, Chun Chen’s vehicle struck the historic Cox House.

According to authorities Chun Chen is 37 and lives in Barnegat. Chen told police that the incident started when his tire blew out on the rear passenger side of his 2014 Silver Toyota Camry.

Chen’s vehicle left the roadway, struck a curb, fence and ran into a bush.  The Camry driver proceeded to back up and proceeded forward onto Route 9 South striking a luxury car. The 2018 Porsche Macan driven by George Denardo, 68 was stopped in traffic. Denardo is also a Barnegat resident.

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The chain of events continued when Chen’s car backed up into the Cox House and impacted the front porch of the historic building, located at 353 North Main Street. Chen’s Camry pulled away and then continued to strike another vehicle and a street sign.

The wayward car attempted to move away from the scene of the accident but ultimately stopped at 335 South Main Street. Authorities attributed mechanical failure for ending what appeared to be the driver’s efforts to leave the scene of the accident.

Chen faces motor vehicle charges in Barnegat Municipal Court for various offenses under Title 39 of the state statutes.  These include leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving and careless driving,

Witnesses who were there when Chen was apprehended did not find him to be drunk or under the influence of any substances.

Stephanie A. Faughnan is a local journalist and Director of Writefully Inspired, a professional writing and resume service. Feel free to contact her at