On March 21, 2013 at 7:40p.m., Newton Police received complaints of a white vehicle being operated erratically as it was reportedly proceeding southbound on Rt. 206 in Hampton heading towards Newton. Shortly thereafter, patrols were dispatched to the intersection of Water Street and North Park Drive in order to investigate an accident where one of the driver’s invovled had reportedly left the scene traveling Southbound on Water Street (S.H. 206) in the aforementioned vehicle.
Investigation revealed that Nicholas Shauger Jr., age 29, of 36 East Main Street, Sussex, NJ had been operating a 2000 White Plymouth Cirrus erratically as he was traveling Southbound on Rt. 206 prior to entering the Town of Newton. A vehicle which had been following him and had previously called 9-1-1 pulled up alongside him as both vehicles reached the above intersection. As the complainant attempted to convince Shauger to pull over, Shauger suddenly drove away and sideswiped the complainant’s vehicle (a 2008 White Toyota 4-Runner) before leaving the scene.
Subsequently, police responded and located Shauger and his vehicle at 3 Maple Avenue in Newton. Shauger failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI and charged with the following offenses.
39:4-97 – Careless Driving
39:4-129 – Leaving the Scene of an Accident
39:4-130 - Failure to Report an Accident
39:4-50 - Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol.
No injuries occurred as a result of the accident and both vehicles were operable.
Case pending an appearance in Newton Municipal Court on 4/9/13.
Investigating officers: Ptl. Jason Miller, Ptl. John Flanagan and Sgt. Frank Philhower
Please note that all individuals who are charged with a criminal offense are presumed innocent until found guilty in a Court of law.