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Texting, DWI Alleged in Separate Accidents on Drum Point

Both cars left the roadway in overnight accidents one hour apart; drivers charged

Two cars involved in separate single-vehicle crashes left the pavement on Drum Point Road within an hour Thursday morning, resulting in motor vehicle charges for the two drivers.

In the first accident, which occurred at midnight, a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt left the westbound lane of the road while approaching South Community Drive on the lefthand side and struck a mailbox, then a tree, Brick Police Capt. John Rein said.

The driver, 24-year-old Kaitlyn Dennis, of Brick, was not injured.

Dennis was issued a summons for improper use of a cell phone after admitting to police that she was texting when the accident occurred, Rein said.

The vehicle had to be towed from the scene. Officer Michael Feeney investigated.

An hour later, at 1:08 a.m., a Brick man driving a 1998 Jeep Cherokee also left the pavement while driving on Drum Point, this time flipping the vehicle.

Rein said the Jeep drove over a grass median at it turned onto Paul Jones Drive where it struck a bush and damaged the grass on the median. The vehicle then continued north on Drum Point, and the driver lost control just before Ritchie Court.

The Jeep crossed over onto the southbound lane of Drum Point, spinning 180 degrees, at which time the vehicle flipped onto its side and came to rest in front of 751 Drum Point, Rein said.

The driver of the vehicle, Keith A. Jacob, 18, told police an animal had crossed into his path, Rein said.

Jacob was charged with DWI, failure to wear a seatbelt and making an unsafe lane change.

Brick Police EMS responded, but neither Jacob nor his two passengers, a 15-year-old male from Brick and a 19-year-old male from Bayville, accepted treatment.

Officer James Iannarone investigated the accident. Feeney made the arrest.

Boose August 30, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Too bad there isn't a cure for dumb.
David Daur August 30, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I wonder how stiff the penalty is for a DWI at 18 years old is in New Jersey?
Hollowman August 30, 2012 at 08:55 PM
NJSA 39:4-50.14 is the statute for underage DUI. Anyone under the age of 21 can not operate a MV or boat with a BAC of 0.01 to 0.08. If their BAC is above 0.08 they are charged with the 39:4-50 (full DUI) rather than the 39:4-50.14 (baby DUI). The penalties for baby DUI are DL suspension of no less than 30 days no more than 90 and community service for no less than 15 days no more than 30. Must also attend a driver resource center program. That would be in addition to any other penalties related to the charge. Before anyone starts saying that "mouthwash would cause a .01 reading" that is not true. While yes any residual alcohol in someones mouth would cause spikes or improper readings, there are strict guidlines to follow prior to testing which ensure there is no residual mouth alcohol being tested by the alcotest, and the only thing being measure is deep lung breath.
Comfortably Numb August 30, 2012 at 09:05 PM
It's crazy driving this this town anymore.
David Daur August 30, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Thank you for your informative comment Hallowman. I appreciate you sharing!
Susan September 01, 2012 at 01:10 AM
One drunk, one texting.... can't people just drive anymore... it's not really hard but you can't impaired in anyway... not by a phone and definitely not by alcohol. 18 yo... probably thinks he's invincible... thankful everyone is ok

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