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Drunk Man Crashed Into Pole, Tried to Flee, Cops Say

20-year-old Wayne resident charged with DWI, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

A 20-year-old Wayne man was drunk when he struck a utility pole and fled before returning to the scene on Parish Drive Sunday night, township police said.

Raymond Morales, 20, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

A resident reported hearing a loud crash outside his home at 8:40 p.m. and saw two males standing by an Audi A4 after it crashed into the pole, the report said. Morales and an 18-year-old passenger then ran toward the Preakness Valley Golf Course, according to the report.

The men returned to the scene 10 minutes later, the report states.

The passenger in the vehicle told police Morales was on French Hill Road and tried to make a left onto Parish Drive when the vehicle struck the pole, the report states.

Morales told police that he “had a few beers" earlier that night, according to the report.

Morales failed several field sobriety tests, the report states. He had a deep cut on his hand and was transported to St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital for treatment.

He is scheduled to appear in Wayne Municipal Court Tuesday.

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Cat December 11, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Scondo, A4s have been built since 1994. Is it still too showy if it's an 18 year-old A4?
The Wayne Alliance would like to remind you to "Celebrate Safely" this holiday season and remember that the legal drinking age is 21.
Jack Q December 12, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I'd be concerned with what was possibly dumped in the woods as well. Not too concerned with the car make and model. This is Wayne. Plenty of teens driving BMWs and Land Rovers. Not that I endorse that either.

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