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Man charged with DWI after hitting tree

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County man is facing multiple charges including DWI  after he allegedly struck a tree in Sparta Township last month.

Zachary Watts of Lafayette was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, failure to keep right and failure to maintain lane.

On Oct. 27, at around 2:00 a.m., township police responded to the area of North Church Road (Route 94) for a report of vehicle off of the roadway into a tree, police said.

When police arrived, a black Ford Escort was located approximately 20 feet into the woods and head-on into a tree. Police allegedly observed Watts attempting to start the vehicle, but was unable to due to the heavy damage to the car, police said.

Watts was asked where he was coming from and he stated to police that he had been at a Halloween party. He was asked to step out of his vehicle to perform field sobriety tests and as he stepped out of his vehicle, officers observed, what appeared to be minor injuries.

Watts was transported to Newton Hospital and was admitted to the hospital for observation.

Watts was released pending a court appearance.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook