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Man charged with DWI following crash with injuries in Sussex County

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A Sussex County man is facing charges including driving while intoxicated earlier this month following a motor vehicle crash in Sparta Township.

On March 3, at around 3:28 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Woodport Road and Blue Heron Road for a rollover motor vehicle accident with possible entrapment, police said.

Upon arrival at the intersection, both vehicles were in the northbound lane of travel and patrols quickly determined there was no entrapment, officials said.

Matthew Boyle 34, of Newton was still sitting in his Chevy equinox and the driver from the other vehicle involved was walking around outside her BMW, authorities said.

While other officers spoke with the parties involved to assess potential injury, police spoke with an eyewitness, who stated that Boyle had failed to stop at the stop sign, continued through the intersection and T-boned the BMW, causing it to roll multiple times, officials said.

Officers allegedly detected an odor of alcoholic beverages emanating from Boyle’s mouth and his speech was slow and slurred. He allegedly admitted to consuming three double screwdrivers prior to driving home and that he felt buzzed from consuming alcohol, police said.

Due to the severity of the accident, field sobriety tests were not conducted and Boyle was transported to Newton Medical Center. The other driver was transported to Newton Medical Center to be evaluated for minor injuries and a complaint of head pain, police said.

While at the hospital police applied for a telephonic search warrant to retrieve samples of Boyle’s blood. This warrant was approved by a superior court judge and the warrant was executed at the hospital. Blood samples were later transported to a certified NJ State laboratory for toxicology, officials said.

Boyle was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, careless driving, disregard for a stop sign, and failure to yield right of way. Criminal charges for assault by auto are pending further investigation, police said.

Boyle was served his summonses pending a court appearance and was released to the care of hospital staff.

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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