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Sussex County woman charged with DUI after Newton crash

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Newton woman was charged with driving while under the influence Saturday evening following a car crash in Newton, according to Newton Police Lieutenant Robert Osborn.

Tammy Hyatt, 56, was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, careless driving and failure to keep right.

Police received a 9-1-1 call at 10:36 p.m. reporting a motor vehicle accident with a possible intoxicated driver at the intersection of Trinity Street and Moran Street, Osborn said.

A police investigation revealed that a 2000 Ford Focus driven by Megan Sheplak, 35, of Newton was stopped facing southbound at the red traffic signal on Moran Street. Her vehicle was then struck by a 2016 white BMW 428 which was driven by Hyatt who was reportedly turning right onto Moran Street from Trinity Street westbound and allegedly failed to negotiate the turn properly, Osborn said.

There were no injuries reported.

Hyatt was subsequently arrested for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. She was later released pending a court appearance.

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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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