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Driver charged with DWI after striking house with SUV in Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A man is facing a DWI charge after striking a Hackettstown home with his SUV early Sunday morning, according to police.

On August 1, at around 12:15 a.m., police responded to 121 Willow Grove Street for a report of a vehicle that struck the porch, police said.

When officers arrived on scene, it was determined that a 2004 Honda CRV, driven by Elmer Geovanni Felipe Y Felipe, 29, of Hyattsville, MD, struck the side of the house causing damage to a furnace vent, two gas meters and the support post for the porch, police said.

The house was evacuated due to the smell of natural gas coming from the damaged gas meters, police said.

While the officer was speaking to Felipe Y Felipe, the officer detected the odor of alcoholic beverage, police said.

No injuries were reported, police said.

Felipe Y Felipe was charged with driving while intoxicated, and reckless driving. He was released pending a court appearance, police said.

Willow Grove Street was closed between Route 46 and Maple Avenue for approximately an hour and half, police said.

Assisting at the scene was the Hackettstown Fire Department, Hackettstown Rescue Squad, and Elizabethtown Gas Company.

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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