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N.J. Man Caught Driving Burning Truck, Gets Charged With DWI

Box Truck Also Had No Front Tires, Tree Branches Stuck Inside
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LAKEHURST, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A southern New Jersey man has been slapped with drunken driving charges, after police say he was caught driving a box truck that was on fire and had no front tires.

Michael T. Newmon, 36, of Manchester, N.J., was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, careless driving, unsafe tires, and failure to exhibit documents, Lakehurst, N.J. police told the Asbury Park Press.

He was pulled over around 3 a.m. Saturday, when police found him hanging out of the cab because of a partially shattered windshield, police said.

The truck, which belonged to a plumbing company, had tree branches stuck inside it, police said. Fire and smoke were also coming from the bottom.

Because the truck being was driven on its rims, police followed the marks left in the road and traced Newmon’s journey about 15 miles to the Route 70/Route 72 circle in Burlington County. They found the truck had driven across the circle, struck a tree and drove through bushes.

The truck was impounded following Newmon’s arrest, the newspaper reported.

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