MADISON, NJ - On October 13 at 1:41 p.m. Patrolman Patrick Strafaci arrested a 53-year-old woman from Morristown after Madison Police were dispatched to the area of Shunpike Road and Stonehedge Lane for a motor vehicle crash with injuries.
"Upon arrival to the scene officers saw a grey 2013 Honda Pilot with heavy front end damage, in the west bound lanes of Shunpike Road. Strafaci observed the driver still inside the vehicle, complaining of minor pain," said Lt. John Miscia of the Madison Police Department.
"Officers observed the second vehicle, a black 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, on Stonehedge Lane with its front driver’s side tire missing and heavy front end damage. Officers spoke to the driver of the Jeep and observed possible signs of intoxication," Miscia said.
"The woman was asked to perform field sobriety evaluations and she was placed under arrest. She was later processed and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. She was additionally charged with fourth degree Assault by Auto," added Miscia.
The woman was released from the Madison Police Department pending court a appearance in Morris County Superior Court. The driver of the 2013 Honda, a 50-year-old Chatham resident, was transported to the hospital for injuries.
The victim stated the car door was cut open to free her from the Honda Pilot vehicle. "I was hit by a very drunk driver who was driving very fast, crossed over the lane."
"I hope this will remind people that we are so lucky to live in a community where the police and fire departments, the EMT, strangers and neighbors are all such amazing people, always ready and so kind to help people who are in need. I was one lucky girl," said the victim.
"Drivers need to always remember to wear seatbelts, because even though it was in middle of the day, there are irresponsible people out there that will drink and drive and have no regard for human lives," she added.