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Toms River Man Charged With DWI After 2 Hit-and-Runs

Cops: township man also faces drug possession charge

Toms River police arrested township resident Paulo Amorim, 31, of Salem Road after investigating a hit-and-run accident that occurred 6:30 a.m. Monday at Route 37 and Garfield Avenue, police said.   

He was later charged in a second hit-and-run accident in East Dover.

In the first accident, a Bayville man was stopped in his vehicle at a traffic light when it was struck from behind, said Police Chief Michael Mastronardy. The vehicle that hit him then fled, the chief said. 

With the assistance of a witness, Officer Daniel Ruiz located the suspect vehicle at Fischer Boulevard and Windsor Avenue a short time later, said Mastronardy.

Amorim was charged with leaving the scene of the Route 37 accident, as well as with a second hit-and-run accident at at Garfield and Delaware avenues in the East Dover section of the township. 

Mastronardy said Amorim's 2013 Toyota struck a 1994 Ford Explorer on Garfield Avenue, then fled the scene.

Amorim was charged with DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and a criminal charge of possession of the drug Suboxone without a prescription.

Joey Joe December 10, 2013 at 06:14 AM
a pin ball driver???
barbara December 10, 2013 at 03:29 PM
ugh! so sick of these low lives who have no conscious. Lock him up. Seriously.........don't slap him on the wrist or let him off on a summons......
Dennis DeMey December 10, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Brilliant !
SecretSquirrel December 11, 2013 at 12:11 AM
DWI is not a crime in nj; it is only a traffic offense. If you want to see that change, then it is up to you to lobby your elected officials to make it so.
Daniel Nee (Editor) December 11, 2013 at 01:17 AM
True, Secret. New Jersey is one of two states where drunk driving is a motor vehicle offense and not a criminal offense. New Jersey, however, does have some of the toughest drunk driving penalties in spite of this.
SecretSquirrel December 11, 2013 at 01:36 AM
That is true, Daniel. Provided, of course, that the municipal prosecutor actual tries the accused as opposed to offering a plea deal in order to keep his/her conviction percentage artificially high. It's sad when the game is more about numbers than actually holding people accountable for their actions.


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