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.