A Lakewood man is fortunate to be alive after not solely driving intoxicated but in addition distracted which is what led to him putting a utility pole in Toms River late on Friday evening.
Toms River Police mentioned they responded to a reported motorized vehicle accident round 11:50 pm on the intersection between Route 9 and Cox Cro Highway.
The motive force got here clear with police with what led to his eyes drifting off the highway.
Hervin Moreno Lopez, 25, mentioned he was driving down Route 9 when he seemed down making an attempt to reply his mobile phone and consequently his car left the roadway as he was approaching Cox Cro Highway and as a substitute jumped the curb, struck and drove via a utility pole, after which struck a second utility pole whereas heading southbound, after which lastly stopped.
Police investigating the crash additionally came upon that. Moreno Lopez was intoxicated on the time that every one this occurred as nicely.
Moreno Lopez refused medical consideration on the scene, police mentioned, and was then positioned below arrest.
He was cited for driving below the affect of drugs-alcohol, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to keep up lane, driving with out license-never licensed, working with medication in car, open alcohol in motorized vehicle, failure to own registration, failure to own insurance coverage card, and a mobile phone violation.
Because of crashing via two utility poles, his car sustained critical injury, and needed to be towed from the scene.
JCP&L, in the meantime, needed to come to the scene and substitute the utility poles, and restore the injury.
The drunk-driving-distracted-driving crash is below investigation by Toms River Patrol Officer Anthony Mastrandrea.
Within the age of experience sharing providers, there may be much less of an excuse to drive intoxicated, not simply to keep away from getting in bother however in your personal security and everybody else’s security as nicely.
“There are such a lot of choices on the market with designated drivers and experience share with Lyft or Uber, it is really easy to not drive,” Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little previously told Townsquare Media News. “Lots of people that drive — they’re below the misunderstanding that they will drive and so they most likely should not be as a result of we all the time say being barely buzzed is intoxicated and is impaired, so in the event you really feel barely buzzed you’re impaired so that you should not drive.”