NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A New York driver who hit a utility pole with his vehicle in Newton, knocking out power for hundreds, has been charged with DWI, according to Newton Police Lieutenant Robert Osborn
Paul C. Zorn III of Port Jervis was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated within a school zone, operating a motor vehicle with an open container of alcohol, careless driving, use of cellular telephone while driving prohibited, failure to obey marked lanes and failure to notify of complete change of address
On Saturday at 4:27 a.m., police responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a vehicle into a utility pole in the area of Woodside Avenue between Nelson Street and Lawnwood Avenue, Osborn said.
Upon arrival, police found a pole had been struck and the vehicle involved was disabled a short distance away on the side of the road, Osborn said.
A subsequent police investigation revealed that Zorn was allegedly under the influence and had reportedly looked down at his cell phone and traveled into the opposite lane before striking the pole and coming to a rest, Osborn said.
Zorn’s vehicle sustained significant damage and he had a complaint of pain to his left arm but refused treatment, Osborn said.
Approximately 600 Jersey Central Power & Light customers were without power for a few hours while crews secured and repaired the damaged pole and wires.
Zorn was released pending a Nov. 20 appearance in Newton Municipal Court.
Assisting at the scene was the Andover Township. Police, Sussex County Diversion Team, JCP&L and the Newton First Aid Squad.