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Hackettstown man faces charges after crashing into tree

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A Hackettstown man is facing several charges including possession of open container of alcohol after crashing into a tree.

On July 4, at around 8:51 a.m., police responded to the intersection of Washington St and West Moore St for a report of a car that struck a tree. When officers arrived, the driver had already left the scene, police said.

Through an investigation it was determined that Italo J. Carangui-Urgiles, 27, was travelling west on Washington Street in a 2017 Hyundai when he failed to maintain his lane, ran off the roadway to the right and struck a tree, police said.

According to a witness, the driver attempted to put the vehicle in reverse but the car was disabled, police said.

Carangui-Urgiles then left the scene on foot and returned after the owner of the vehicle contacted him, police said.

Police located several open Corona beer cans and an open Corona beer bottle inside the vehicle. He passed field sobriety tests, police said.

No injuries were reported.

Carangui-Urgiles was charged with possession of open container of alcohol, driving without a license, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and careless driving. He was released pending a court appearance.

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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