Pennsylvania Woman Faces DWI Charge After Wrong-Way I-295 Crash

WEST DEPTFORD TWP. – A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with drunken driving after she drove northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 295 and collided with a pickup truck early Monday morning.

The woman, who was later identified as 26-year-old Eileen Dougherty of Boothwyn, was driving a Toyota Prius northbound in the southbound lanes shortly before 4:30 a.m. when she collided head-on with a Ford F150 pickup truck near mile marker 21.4 in West Deptford.

According to police reports, the truck was being driven by Mark Rohrback Jr., of Cinnaminson.

After the collision, the truck ended up on the guardrail and was caught on fire. Rohrback escaped the flames and was transported to Inspira Medical Center Woodbury with minor injuries.

Dougherty was unconscious when emergency responders arrived. She had to be cut from her vehicle and was transported to Cooper University Hospital, Camden, with minor injuries.

It is still not confirmed how she ended up traveling the wrong way on the interstate. The incident is still under investigation.

All southbound lanes of the interstate were closed after the incident and were reopened by 7:15 a.m. when the scene was cleared.

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N.J. Trooper Charged With DWI Says ‘I’m Not Drunk’ In Dashboard Video

TRENTON – Sgt. First Class Michael Roadside, who was charged with drunken driving last month, stated that he was sober on the scene of the parkway rest stop crash which he allegedly caused while on duty.

A dashboard video recording released on Wednesday showed Roadside saying “I’m not drunk.”

According to Roadside, he blamed his slurred speech, erratic behavior, and impaired walking, on a recent medical procedure. He claimed that he was on ‘anesthesia’ at the time of the crash.

A trooper responded to a 911 call made by the other driver, who was a female. When she saw Roadside’s erratic behavior, it made her fear for her own safety.

The dashboard video, which was recorded on 26 October, was obtained through an Open Public Records Act request. Roadside also said, “I’ve got to get home,” in the video.

According to Kimberly Wilson, the driver who was hit by Roadside, said that Roadside offered her $1,000 not to report the incident. He also offered to pay her for the damage he had caused to her car. Police reported that the damage was minor.

Jason Blazas was the trooper who responded to the scene. “I said, ‘Get back in your car. You’re scaring me,'” Wilson told him about Roadside when he arrived.

Blazas’ conversation over a communications system in his cruiser recorded him saying about Roadside that he “seems kind of out of it.”

“He comes out of the car, his shirt’s all untucked, he’s got — I don’t know if it’s saliva or vomit on his shirt,” the trooper said.

A supervisor soon arrived at the scene upon Blazas’ request. Sgt. Matthew J. Durak arrived toward the end of the video. He reported the whole incident later saying that he “immediately noticed a very strong smell of an alcoholic beverage” as he approached Roadside.

A search through Roadside’s vehicle revealed a cardboard case of Coors Light and two open containers later. Wilson also told Durak that a Bud Light bottle cap and a loaded magazine from his gun fell out of Roadside’s shirt during their interaction.

Roadside was tested for intoxication and his breath test showed is blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit.

He was charged with DWI, careless driving, and having an open container in his vehicle.

The charges were filed in the Wall Township municipal court.

His attorney, Robert Ebberup, said that his client was “a dedicated trooper for about 29 years of loyal service without any problems.” However, he declined to comment on the allegations.

An internal investigation is going on by the State Police. Meanwhile, Roadside remains suspended without pay.

Another video recorded in one of the troop cars present on the scene was released in proprietary format but could not be opened.

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Alleged DWI Driver Stopped By Cops On Turnpike By Deflating His Tires

EAST BRUNSWICK – A Hackensack man was charged with Driving While Intoxicated when he was stopped by the cops after a car chase by deflating his tires.

Details of the incident given by Lt. Brian Polite stated that the pursuit began around 5:50 am on the Turnpike’s northbound car lanes near milepost 79 in East Brunswick. Police started following the suspect who led the authorities on a car chase which eventually ended around 6:07 am. near milepost 98.5 in Carteret.

The suspect was identified as 34-year-old Benjamin Torres. He was driving a silver Toyota Tacoma recklessly and speeding when authorities tried to stop him. However, Torres continued without stopping and a pursuit soon started.

A marked patrol car deployed its emergency lights and sirens and followed Torres in an attempt to stop him. The vehicles reached speeds of up to 75 mph as traffic on the highway was relatively light in the morning.

Authorities deployed spike strips at around milepost 92, and Torres soon ran over them which caused the tires of his vehicle to deflate.

He was arrested and charged with DWI and eluding the police.

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