EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Based on a collision at a Riva Avenue convenience store last spring in which his passenger was injured, Franco Gencarelli, 48, of Long Valley was convicted of assault by auto, driving while intoxicated, and driving while his license was suspended.  

He could be ordered to serve up to 18 months on each count when he is sentenced on January 4, 2016 in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Alberto Rivas. The judge also could suspend the defendant’s driving license for 10 years.

Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Lorraine Sult presented evidence and testimony showing that Gencarelli was intoxicated when he drove a 2004 BMW sport utility vehicle, crashed into a telephone stand, and injured his passenger, who was the owner of the vehicle, on April 20, 2014. 

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The passenger sustained injury to her left arm in the crash, which occurred at about 1:15 a.m. in the parking lot of a convenience store on Riva Avenue in East Brunswick. The passenger was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where she was treated and released.

Gencarelli was charged after blood-alcohol testing showed a reading of 0.11 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.