A man crashed his four-door sedan into a concrete structure in the parking lot of a restaurant on Oct. 1. According to authorities, the man panicked while turning onto River Styx Road near the parking lot of the Pavinici Italian Grill in Hopatcong, New Jersey. Allegedly, he will face drunk driving charges. 

At 2:05 a.m. on Sunday, an officer on patrol claims that a driver failed to negotiate a turn and ended up crashing into a concrete wall. The concrete structure turned out to be a well house that provides water to several neighborhoods in that area. The driver, a 26-year-old man, sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Newton Medical Center after failing several field sobriety tests. Supposedly, the man is facing additional charges of reckless and careless driving on top of driving while intoxicated.

The Mayor of Hopatcong stated that because of the driver’s negligence, there was considerable damage to the well with serious destruction continuing on the inside. According to the Business Administrator, it was too dangerous to enter the building because of the severity of the damage, but no residents in the area are expected to lose water. He does believe repairs will be covered by the borough’s emergency funds until a settlement can be reached with the man’s insurance company.

In New Jersey as in other states, drunk driving charges are serious. Those who are facing these serious criminal accusations may benefit from the advice of a skillful and diligent lawyer. A criminal law attorney will work to ensure a client’s rights are protected by reviewing the evidence and delivering the best possible defense for his or her case.

Source: njherald.com, “Hopatcong man charged with driving drunk, crashing into well house”, Kate Moen, Oct. 3, 2017