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Woman, 73, sentenced in DWI crash

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County woman has been sentenced after pleading guilty to assault by auto and driving while intoxicated charges, according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

Renee Tripp, 73 of Newton was sentenced before the Honorable Louis S. Sceusi, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on March 6, Koch said.

Tripp was sentenced to two years probation with 30 days in the in-home detention program, a seven month loss of her driver’s license, must complete 12 hours of IDRC, have a mandatory interlock device on her vehicle, undergo a TASC evaluation and follow all recommendations, pay $2329.76 in restitution and $1,185.00 in court fines and fees.

Tripp pled guilty on Jan. 27, 2020, to third-degree assault by auto, two counts of disorderly persons assault by auto, and driving while intoxicated, Koch said.

Tripp had cocktails with her dinner at a Byram Township restaurant and then drove intoxicated, resulting in a multi-vehicle accident with serious injuries, Koch siad.

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