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Sussex County man sentenced in assault by auto case

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County man has been sentenced in an assault by auto case in Wantage Township, according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

Jeffrey Salazar, 51, of Wantage Township was sentenced before the Honorable Louis S. Sceusi, J.S.C., at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on April 15, Koch said.

Salazar was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of probation, ordered to submit to a TASC evaluation and follow any and all recommendations made from same, successfully complete a defensive driving course, utilize an ignition interlock device for two years and pay fines and fees totaling $1,908.00. His driver license was ordered suspended for eight years, Koch said.

According to Koch, Salazar drove his vehicle recklessly while under the influence in Wantage Township on May 28, 2020, and caused bodily injury to an individual, provided false information to law enforcement and called the 9-1-1 emergency system without the need for said service.

Salazar pled guilty on March 9, 2021 to fourth-degree assault by auto, fourth-degree hindering, and fourth-degree misuse of 9-1-1. On April 15, 2021, he pled guilty to the motor vehicle offenses of driving while intoxicated and failure to report, Koch said.

Salazar was represented by William J. Oake, Esq., and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Donald F. Cox, Jr.

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