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Chatham Motorist Hit By Morristown Driver Charged with Driving While Intoxicated

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MADISON, NJ - On October 13 at 1:41p.m. Ptl. Patrick Strafaci arrested a 53 year old Morristown, NJ woman for drunk driving after crashing into a Chatham resident on Shunpike Road in Madison Borough.  

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 found a grey 2013 Honda Pilot with heavy front end damage in the west bound lanes of Shunpike Road.  The driver was still inside the vehicle complaining of minor pain," said Lt. John Miscia of the Madison Police Department.

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A black 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee was found on adjacent Stonehedge Lane with a 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," said Miscia.

The woman driving the Jeep was asked to perform field sobriety evaluations and she was placed under arrest charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving.  "Additionally she was charged with 4th degree Assault by Auto," added Miscia. 

The victim in the accident stated her car door was cut open to free her from the Honda Pilot.  "I was hit by a very drunk driver who was driving very fast and crossed over the lane."

"People, strangers at the scene held my hand the whole time. 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. They are always ready 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 life," she added.

The Morristown woman was released from the Madison Police Department pending a court appearance in Morris County Superior Court.  The driver of the 2013 Honda, a 50 year old Chatham, NJ resident was transported to the hospital for injuries.

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