Garfield Police Rescue Clifton Man from Burning Car
Garfield Police Pull Unconscious Driver from Burning Vehicle After He Allegedly Struck Parked Cars
A Clifton, NJ man was involved in a multi-car crash ending with his motor vehicle in flames on a street in Garfield, New Jersey. The man, identified by authorities as a 61-year-old resident of Clifton in Passaic County, NJ, was reportedly behind the wheel of a 2000 Ford Explorer and driving on MacArthur Avenue in Garfield at around 2:00 a.m. when he hit numerous cars parked on the side of the roadway. According to Garfield law enforcement, the motorist struck 12 parked motor vehicles on a three-block stretch before finally stopping. Other motorists saw the crash and dialed 911 to notify the Garfield Police Department. Garfield cops soon arrived at the scene of the accident and saw the man’s SUV in flames. Garfield Police Captain Darren Sucorowski later issued a statement and said that the motorist’s vehicle “had crashed into the rear of a parked vehicle and was on fire.”
Garfield police observed that the driver was unconscious and not making any movements inside the SUV. They broke the windows of the vehicle and opened a door as the vehicle filled with smoke. Police officers pulled the driver from the burning car. A short time later, Garfield firefighters put out the fire. The motorist was transported by ambulance to Hackensack University Medical Center, where he was treated for accident-related injuries. Fortunately, no other drivers on the road or pedestrians on the sidewalk suffered injuries in the car accidents. Authorities indicated that all of the parked vehicles that the driver hit were unoccupied.
DWI & Reckless Driving Charges in Garfield, NJ
Garfield detectives are actively investigating the SUV accident and trying to determine whether the driver should be cited for any traffic offenses or charged with any crimes. Authorities have not yet filed any charges in the case. However, it’s possible that the driver could be issued citations for multiple traffic violations, including Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and reckless driving. In a lot of DWI cases, charges are filed after a driver fails a breath test or a blood test. In this case, it’s likely that doctors drew blood from the driver when he went to the hospital. If his blood alcohol content (BAC) was higher than .08 percent, he could face DWI charges and a driver’s license suspension, in addition to other penalties. Additionally, since the driver was involved in a car crash resulting in property damage, any DWI charges may be classified as criminal charges and carry possible jail time.
Free Consultation with an Experienced New Jersey Traffic Attorney in Garfield, NJ
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