Drunk driving charges lodged against man who drove through house


SOUTH BRUNSWICK – Police have charged the driver of a vehicle that struck two mailboxes, two utility poles and one house with drunk driving and driving while suspended.

The crash took place at 1:07 a.m. May 13 on New Road at Route 522 in South Brunswick. A 2016 Acura being driven by a 22-year-old resident of the Dayton section of South Brunswick was headed eastbound on New Road allegedly going in excess of 80 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to information provided by the South Brunswick Police Department.

The driver reportedly lost control and struck a mailbox and utility pole in front of 277 New Road, then continued off the road, striking another mailbox and utility pole in front of 279 New Road, according to police. The vehicle then crashed into the front of the home at 281 New Road and came to rest in the intersection of Route 522.

The driver was transported by Monmouth Junction First Aid and paramedics to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, police said. He was released after treatment.

Officers determined that the driver had allegedly been drinking and was driving while his license was suspended. He was charged with DWI, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane, speeding and driving while suspended. His family member who owned the vehicle was issued a summonses for allowing a suspended driver to use the vehicle, police said.

New Road was closed for two hours during the investigation. The Monmouth Junction Fire Department responded to the crash. The crash was investigated by Officer Matthew Skolsky.