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Driver Was High When Car Flipped on Route 208, Cops Say

The 20-year-old man was charged with driving while under the influence, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and possession of narcotics in a motor vehicle.

A Hawthorne man was charged with DUI and reckless driving after a single-car accident on Route 208 Thursday morning.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., the Wyckoff Police Department responded to a report of an overturned vehicle on Route 208 South between Russell and Cedar Hill avenues.

Israel Amaya, 20, of Hawthorne, was driving a 2008 Smart Car Four Two when he drove into the center barrier of the highway and overturned the vehicle, according to Wyckoff Police.

A witness stated that the driver inexplicably swerved out of his lane and into the barrier, cops said, and Amaya sustained minor injuries.

Officers on scene reported smelling marijuana in the vehicle and also found a small quantity of marijuana in the car, according to police.

Wyckoff Volunteer Ambulance Corps transported Amaya to Valley Regional Hospital in Ridgewood where a blood sample was obtained.

Test results wouldn't come back for weeks, according to Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox, "but the driver admitted to smoking marijuana in the car." 

Lt. David Murphy and Officer Brenda Groslinger assisted in the investigation.

Subsequent to the accident there was a minor collision between cars caught in nearby traffic that stretched back to at least Franklin Lakes, according to Fox.

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Jimmy J February 18, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Did anyone read the article? It stated that the eyewitness saw the car swerve suddenly . Sounds more like text messaging to me , which In my opinion is twice as dangerous as acohol or pot... The pot smell in the car was just another byproduct of this guys bad judgement..Thank god nobody was hurt..
Bob February 18, 2013 at 09:55 PM
"glass of wine or a beer serves a useful function, relieving thirst" alcohol was important as it was the only way you could keep microbes out of your drinking liquids. Until not that long ago most water could kill you, still does in the rest of the world. Now alcohol is just to get drunk, but most people claim some other reason. Nobody was born going "wow alcohol tastes good" its an acquired taste at best.
Bob February 18, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Of all things pot might make one do, anything "suddenly" ain't one of them!
RWDsRiches February 24, 2013 at 10:18 PM
I am a stoner. I do not drive impaired under any circumstance, so please stop with the ignorant comments.
Anne Harrington March 04, 2013 at 05:24 AM
Too bad he wasn't killed

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