NEWTON, NJ—On Thursday, September 3, at 9:15 p.m., Newton Police responded to a parking lot at 5 Madison Street, where there was a report of a hit and run accident.

Upon arrival, witnesses indicated to the officers that a white car had backed into a parked car and then left the scene, traveling north towards Spring Street.

Within minutes, Special Officer Raul Couce, who was patrolling the Spring Street business district on bicycle at that time, located and stopped a vehicle that matched the description given, at the intersection of Spring and Main Street.

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The driver was identified as Laura Davis, 24, of Madison Street, Newton. Witnesses at the scene confirmed that she was the driver of the vehicle involved in the hit and run.

After further investigation, it was concluded that Davis was intoxicated. She was arrested and charged with Dareless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Failure to Report an Accident, and Operating a Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence.

It was also determined that Davis had borrowed the car from a family friend, Roy Feeley, 61, of Shore Drive, Montague. Feeley admitted to knowing that Davis had been consuming alcohol and may have been intoxicated. He was charged with Allowing a Person under the Influence to Operate a Motor Vehicle.

Feeley’s motor vehicle was impounded and Davis was released pending an appearance in Newton Municipal Court on Tuesday, September 22.

Investigating officers were Special Officer Raul Couce, Ptl. Jose Morales, Ptl. Mahir Kaylani, Thomas Tosti, Ptl. Dan Finkle, and Sgt. Frank Philhower.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.