NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Christopher Mertins, 40, a South Brunswick resident, was arrested and charged for causing a car crash that injured multiple people in North Brunswick, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.  He was DUI with his two young children in the car.

Mertens, from Monmouth Junction, was arrested and charged with
aggravated assault in the second degree, endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree,
assault by auto in the third degree, endangering another person by knowingly engaging in
conduct which creates a substantial risk of death in the third degree, three counts of assault by
auto in the fourth degree, and obstruction of the administration of law in the fourth degree.

The Prosecutor claims that Mertens was driving on Route 1 South on August 8th, 2020
at 8:50PM while under the influence of alcohol. He was traveling at a high rate speed in a 2018
Infiniti Coupe with his two young children in the car when he rear ended another vehicle which
rolled over and caught fire, according to the press release.

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A 19-year-old from Chesterfield, NJ was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University
before being transferred to St. Barnabas Hospital to be treated for burns. His passenger, a 21 year
old woman from New York, was treated and released from RWJ.

Merten’s two children were also treated at the hospital, according to the Prosecutor’s office.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call
Patrolman Zier of the North Brunswick Police Department at (732) 247-0922 ext. 316, or
Detective Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4328.