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Man found slumped behind steering wheel in middle of Route 46 in Hackettstown charged with DWI

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A Hackettstown man is facing charges including DWI after he was allegedly found slumped behind the steering wheel Friday night in Hackettstown.

On Feb. 5, at around 11:23 p.m., police responded to the area of Route 46 for a report of an erratic motor vehicle, police said.

A witness observed the vehicle hit a snowbank and believed the driver was intoxicated. An officer then located a vehicle matching the description stopped on Route 46 at Route 182 with the driver slumped behind the steering wheel, police said.

The officer woke the driver and then had to put the vehicle in park. While the officer was speaking to the driver, who was identified 34-year-old Jorge Chacon-Ruiz, the officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle, police said.

Chacon-Ruiz was charged with driving while intoxicated, obstructing passage of motor vehicle, driving while suspended, and reckless driving. He was released to a friend 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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