SPARTA TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A Maryland woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after a hit-and-run crash Monday in Sparta Township, according to Sparta Township Police Lieutenant John Lamon.
Officers responded at around 9:00 p.m. to the area of Route 15 and Woodport Rd for a report of an erratic driver that just struck another vehicle and left the scene, Lamon said.
The driver of the vehicle that was struck in the rear, followed the suspect’s vehicle, a silver Chevrolet Malibu with Maryland plates, from Woodport Road to Main Street, where the vehicle pulled into a parking lot, Lamon said.
The officer located the vehicle and spoke to the driver, who was identified as Maureen Mead, 47, of Timonium, MD. She allegedly told the officer that she was from out of town and was lost, Lamon said.
The officer asked Mead if she was aware that she struck another vehicle on Route 15 and she allegedly replied that she was unaware that she had been involved in an accident. The officer allegedly detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle and asked her to step out of the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests, Lamon said.
Upon completion of testing, Mead was placed under arrest for DWI and transported to Sparta Police headquarters, Lamon said.
Mead was charged with DWI, careless driving, reckless driving, failure to keep right, failure to report an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, and improper use of cellphone while driving. She was released pending a court appearance.