MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A Hackettstown man accused of DUI nearly hit a Mansfield Township police car and another vehicle head-on Wednesday afternoon.
At 3:03 p.m., an officer was traveling west on Route 57 in the area of Walmart when an oncoming vehicle crossed into the officer’s lane. The vehicle in front of the officer avoided a collision and the officer was forced to jump the curb onto the empty sidewalk to avoid being struck head-on, police said.
The officer stopped the vehicle and determined that the driver, Antonio Latona, 22, was allegedly under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, police said.
Latona was charged with possession of heroin, possession of a hypodermic needle, DUI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lanes and several equipment violations.
Latona was later released pending to a responsible adult pending a court appearance.
“This is the second time in the past couple weeks where an officer was nearly struck by an intoxicated driver. PLEASE think before you get behind the wheel. It’s not worth taking another’s life!,” police siad.