Driver charged with DWI after Fiat fiasco

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A Warren County man is facing a DWI charge after he was allegedly intoxicated and operating a Fiat that was being illegally towed by a Dodge Durango Thursday evening.

Russel Hamilton, 38, of Independence Twp. Russel was charged with driving while intoxicated, improper drawing of motor vehicle and reckless driving.

At around 8:02 p.m. an officer observed a Dodge Durango towing a Fiat with a tow strap on Route 46, police said.

The lights on the Fiat were not illuminated and the driver’s side door was open with a person in the driver’s seat, police said.

The officer then initiated a stop with the vehicles on Route 46 near East Stiger St. While the officer was talking to Hamilton, who was the driver of the Fiat, the officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle, police said.

Police then had the vehicle towed and impounded, police said.

Hamilton was released pending a court appearance.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook