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Sussex County man pleads guilty to assault by auto in head-on DWI crash

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County man has entered a guilty plea to assault by auto and DWI charges, according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

Kyle D. Smith, 22, of Newton pled guilty to an accusation of third-degree assault by auto and driving while under the influence before the Honorable Louis S. Sceusi, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Virtual Courtroom in Newton on June 17, Koch said.

Smith was sentenced during his plea for his DWI charge to seven month loss of his driver’s license, seven month Interlock program and he must pay $689.00 in court fines and fees, Koch said.

Smith admitted he was driving after using marijuana. He crossed the over the center line into oncoming traffic on Route 206 in Byram Township, hitting the oncoming vehicle head-on, causing serious injuries to the other driver, Koch said.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 14 for the assault by auto charge, Koch said.

Smith was represented by Howard Bailey, Esq., and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.

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