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Suspected drunken driver strikes utility pole, sign, mailbox in Newton

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A 29-year-old Andover man was driving drunk when he struck a utility pole, a speed limit sign and a mailbox Monday morning, according to Newton Police Lieutenant Robert Osborn.

Timothy Plumb was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, careless driving and failure to maintain marked lanes.

At 4:00 a.m., police received a 9-1-1 call reporting a motor vehicle accident on Swartswood Road, Osborn said.

Upon arrival, officers observed that a 2013 Chrysler 300 had struck a utility pole, a speed limit sign and a mailbox before becoming disabled, Osborn said.

Subsequent investigation revealed that Plumb, who was the only occupant in the vehicle, was intoxicated, Osborn said.

Plumb sustained a minor abrasion on his right arm but did not seek treatment, Osborn said.

Plumb was released pending a September 25 appearance in Newton Municipal Court.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook