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Wayne man faces DWI charges after crashing into utility pole

PEQUANNOCK – A 49-year-old Wayne man is facing DWI charges after he crashed his 1995 Toyota Corolla into a utility pole on Sunday while intoxicated and left the scene.

Pequannock police received a report of a vehicle crashing into a utility pole at 12:05 a.m. The incident took place on Jacksonville Road. The driver left the scene after the crash with his damaged vehicle. The crash damaged the utility pole, landscaping and stone structures on two adjacent residences.

Township police officers later located the damaged vehicle on Van Allen Place when they responses to the area and conducted a search.

The offender, identified as Erik Linotte of Wayne, was stopped by the officers. Hehad a significant amount of damage to his Toyota Corolla. Officers soon determined that Linotte was under the influence of alcohol. Patrol Officer James Dericks interviewed him at the scene.

Upon questioning, Linotte told police he was in the area of Van Allen Place because he was lost.

Linotte was arrested and charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane, driving an uninsured motor vehicle, and several other charges which include failure to report an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while intoxicated and possession of an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle.

Linotte was later released into the custody of a friend. According to the police, he has a pending court appearance.

News Source: www.NJ.com

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