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Police: Man Drove Drunk In Burning Truck In Lakehurst

Drunken driving charges have been filed against a Manchester man who authorities say was driving a box truck that was on fire and missing its front tires.

Traffic backed up on Route 70
Traffic backed up on Route 70 (NJ DOT)

Lakehurst police tell the Asbury Park Press that 36-year-old Michael Newmon of Manchester was hanging partially out of the cab window because of a shattered windshield when he was stopped around 3 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities say the truck had tree branches caught in it, with fire and smoke coming from below.

Because the truck was driven on its rims, police followed the marks left in the road and traced Newmon’s journey about 15 miles to the Route 70/Route 72 circle in Burlington County. They found the truck had driven across the circle, struck a tree and drove through bushes.

 

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