State police in New Jersey blame an intoxicated, wrong-way driver for a crash Friday that left a man from Monroe County dead.
The crash happened around 3:00 a.m. Friday on westbound Interstate 80 in Warren County, New Jersey. The wreck happened in Hardwick Township, which is across the Delaware River from Delaware Water Gap.
According to New Jersey State Police, a car driven by Amanda Rivera, 23, of Henryville in Monroe County was going the wrong way in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80.
Police say Rivera’s car collided head-on with a car driven by Amanda Rodriguez, 22, of Saylorsburg.
A passenger in Rodriguez’s car, Jason Frey, 25, of Effort, was killed.
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A former Franklin mayor and current council member was arrested and cited early Sunday for suspected OVI.
Carl Bray was stopped about 1:25 a.m. Sunday and was issued a citation for operating a vehicle impaired and left of center on Martha and Millard drives in Warren County, said Sgt. Scott Bierer of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Lebanon Post.
He was transported to the Franklin Police Department and released after refusing to take a Breathalyzer test, Bierer said.
Bray, who has previously served as mayor for one year and been a member of council for 10 years, denied he was drunk.
“I was a designated driver last night, picking some people up from a concert at JD Legends (Entertainment Complex on Millard Drive) and when I came out of there the road was torn up there in Franklin, and when I went around it, he said I swerved. He pulled me over and I told him I had not been drinking, which I hadn’t been, and was taking the people home,” he said.
“He wanted me to do a (Breathalyzer) test and I told him I had gout at this time, and I’m not doing the test.”
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