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Driver charged with DWI after striking guardrail in Sparta Twp.

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A Colorado man is facing several charges including driving while intoxicated after hitting a guardrail in Sparta Township.

Erik Tikkanen, 32, of Northglenn was charged with DWI, careless driving, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, driving while suspended and obstructing the passage of other vehicles.

The crash happened on Dec. 23 at around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Route 15 and Father John’s Lane, police said.

The officer suspected that Tikkanen had been consuming alcoholic beverages prior to being involved in the accident, police said.

Tikkanen was transported to Newton Medical Center to be evaluated. The officer obtained a court ordered subpoena for his blood and urine, police said.

Tikkanen was given a mandatory court appearance and was remained at the hospital for further evaluation, 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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