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SUV crashes through Hackettstown bagel shop, forces business to temporarily close

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A bagel shop in Hackettstown was forced to temporarily close after a SUV crashed through its front wall on Sunday night.

On September 11, at 9:51 p.m., police responded to Budd Lake Bagel & Deli II, located at 333 Mountain Avenue, for a report of a vehicle that went through the building, police said.

A police investigation revealed that a 2022 Jeep driven by Aleksandr Rabinovich, 32, of Franklin Borough was traveling east on Route 57 when he reportedly swerved to avoid a deer, closed his eyes and ended up inside the business, police said.

The officer allegedly detected the odor of alcoholic beverage coming from Rabinovich, police said.

The crash caused significant damage and the Hackettstown Construction Official deemed the building unsafe. The business is closed until further notice, police said.

No injuries were reported, police said.

Rabinovich was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to breath test, and reckless driving. He was released pending a court appearance.

Assisting at the scene was the Hackettstown Fire Department, Hackettstown First Aid and Rescue Squad and the Mount Olive Township Fire Marshal.

This is the second time that a car crashed into the bagel shop. The first was in January when a driver reportedly passed out, ran a red light and hit another vehicle, struck a pedestrian signal, and finally slammed into the building.

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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