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Budd Lake man driving under the influence crashes into trees

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A Budd Lake man is facing charges including being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance after striking numerous trees Sunday morning.

Patrick F. Mara, 35, was charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe, under the influence of CDS, DWI, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to maintain lane, failure to possess driver’s license, throwing debris from a motor vehicle and failure to report an accident.

At 12:19 a.m., officers responded to Flanders Drakestown Road in the area of Corey Road for the report of a vehicle that had crashed on the front lawn of a residence and striking numerous trees, police said.

When officers arrived, they observed the vehicle to have heavy front end damage and as an officer spoke with Mara, the officer allegedly observed Mara to be impaired. Police found a hypodermic syringe on the ground outside of the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Mara was asked to exit his vehicle to perform field sobriety testing and was subsequently placed under arrest. He was transported to police headquarters, where he submitted to chemical breath testing and an examination by a Drug Recognition Expert.

Mara was found to have an active warrant for his arrest for $1,500 out of Hopatcong. He was unable to post bail, and was turned over to Hopatcong Police on the warrant.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook