SPARTA, NJ – A Morristown man told police he fled the scene of an accident because he was in “redneck country” and afraid for his safety, according to cops. Michael Gormley, 48, is facing several charges after getting in an accident at the intersection of Route 15 and Houses Corner, police report.

Police Officer Timothy Lynott was on his way to the scene of the accident on March 4 around 4:50 p.m. when he was notified one of the vehicles involved had left. Another driver followed the black Chevy Silverado as it went toward Demarest Road, police report.

Lynott found Gormley on Demarest Road and saw his truck had extensive front end damage.  When the officer spoke with the driver Lynott smelled alcohol on Gormley’s breath and Gormley made his excuse for leaving the scene of the accident, police say.

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Lynott had Gormley perform field sobriety tests. He was then taken into custody and brought to Sparta Police Department headquarters for breath testing and processing. Gormley was charged with DWI, careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident. He was given a court date and released to a sober driver.

The driver of the other car involved in the accident was treated at the scene by the first aid squad but refused any further medical treatment and was released.