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Driver charged with DWI after crashing into 2 utility poles in Mount Olive Twp

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) –  A Budd Lake man is facing several charges including driving while intoxicated after he allegedly crashed into two utility poles Wednesday night in Mount Olive Township.

The crash happened on Nov. 11, at 7:31 p.m., on Route 46 at Mount Olive Road. Officers arrived on scene and located a white Ford Explorer with significant damage to the driver side and front end of the vehicle, police said.

According to police, the vehicle struck two utility poles, one snapped at the base, the other was severely damaged.

An officer located the driver, who was identified as 55-year-old Christopher K. Murray, outside the vehicle and while the officer was speaking to him, the officer immediately detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and other obvious signs of impairment, police said.

After a brief investigation, Murray was transported to Morristown Medical Center due to the crash, where he consented to a blood draw, police said.

Murray was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, and open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. He was released pending a court
appearance.

As a result of the crash, Route 46 was closed for approximately 3 hours to complete the investigation, police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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