MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A Hackettstown man has been charged after he was allegedly driving under the influence when he crashed into three vehicle on Route 46 earlier this month.
On March 9, at 4:27 p.m., Mount Olive Police, Fire and First Aid responded to a serious motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 46 and Mount Olive Road, police said.
According to police, Kevin Thorpe, 36, was travelling Route 46 west, when his vehicle crossed over the double yellow lines and side swiped a Nissan travelling Route 46 east. As Thorpe’s vehicle continued to travel west in the eastbound lanes, he passed through a red light and had a head-on collision with a Lincoln and then continued to travel west when he had another head-on collision with a Jeep, police said.
While performing life saving measures on the roadway Thorpe became conscious and alert. During the course of the investigation, police determined that Thorpe was under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and lost consciousness just prior to the crash.
The driver of the Lincoln received medical care, police said.
A search of Thorpe’s vehicle at the scene yielded zip lock baggies with suspected cocaine, and additional drug paraphernalia, police said.
Police contacted Thorpe who turned himself into police on March 18 and he was charged with assault by auto, driving while under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of cocaine, under the influence of a CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane, failure to keep right, failure to observe a signal and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. He was released, pending a court appearance.
The accident closed the roadway for five hours, while the Mount Olive Traffic Division and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office CID investigated the crash.