SPARTA, NJ- A Colorado man was taken to the hospital after crashing into a guard rail at the intersection of Father John’s Lane and Route 15. On December 23 around 4:30 p.m. Officer Jonathan Poon went to the scene of the one car accident to find Erik Tikkanen, 32, of Northglen, Colorado, police said.

Poon suspected Tikkanen had been drinking and got a subpoena for blood and urine samples while Tikkanen was at Newton Medical Center, police said.

Tikkanen was charged with DWI, careless/reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, driving while suspended and obstructing the passage of other vehicles, police said.

Tikkanen was given a court date and remained at the hospital for further evaluation.