NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Hackettstown man is facing multiple charges including driving under the influence and possession of an open container after crashing his pickup truck into a Newton home.
Tod A. Theise, 55, was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, refusal to submit to chemical breath test, careless driving, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, Newton Police Lieutenant Robert Osborn said.
On New Year’s Day at 2:10 p.m., town police received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a pickup truck had crashed into a house at 57 High Street and that the vehicle was trying to leave the scene.
Officers responded to the area and found the vehicle being operated by Theise, Osborn said.
A police investigation revealed that Theise was under the influence of alcohol and he was arrested. He also had an open container of alcohol in his possession, Osborn said.
The crash caused substantial damage to the structure located at 57 High Street. The Newton Fire Department, Newton Water and Sewer Department, Newton Code Enforcement Official and the Newtonn Rescue Squad responded to the scene, Osborn said.