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Cops: Driver Was Drunk When Car Caught Fire

The following information was provided by the Washington Township Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

A Long Valley man was driving while intoxicated when his car was overtaken by flames Monday afternoon, said.

Police received a call of a vehicle fire on Schooley’s Mountain Road in the area of Minebrook Golf Course, Lt. Doug Compton said. Officer Robert Brobst responded to the area near 315 Schooley’s Mountain Road and found Wayne Mohr’s vehicle fully engulfed, Compton said.

A subsequent investigation revealed Mohr was traveling south on Schooley’s Mountain Road, and for unknown reasons crossed over into the northbound lane and struck a guide rail, Compton said. Mohr’s car continued back into the southbound lane before breaking down on the shoulder where it caught fire, Compton said.

Mohr, 45, was not in the vehicle and was uninjured, police said. When Brobst spoke with Mohr, the officer detected a strong odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath, and requested he conduct a field sobriety test, Compton said.

Mohr failed the test and was placed under arrest, Compton said. Mohr was taken to police headquarters, where authorities learned he also had an outstanding warrant from Union Township Municipal Court in the amount of $750, Compton said.

Firefighters from Schooley’s Mountain Fire Company extinguished the blaze on Mohr’s vehicle.

Mohr was charged with failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, and driving while intoxicated. He was released on his own recognizance from Union Township Municipal Court, and released to an adult by Washington Township Police.

For questions about this post, email jason.koestenblatt@patch.com.

Hookerman June 19, 2012 at 05:59 PM
It seems that on a weekly basis we hear of someone driving drunk in Washington Twp, and often they are town residents. The fact that these idiots put our families at risk is very upsetting.
stacie bohr June 19, 2012 at 07:42 PM
@KMN....I tend to doubt that politicians and/or their offspring is on the forefront of people's minds at all times. I know you take a lot of heat on this site but that is rather arrogant and just plain silly.
stacie bohr June 19, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Okay KMN. I will not entertain you. Enjoy your vacation.
Hookerman June 19, 2012 at 08:45 PM
There are a few ex-committee men in this town whose behavior I would not emulate… but decorum keeps me from mentioning them by name.
Nicole Faulkner June 19, 2012 at 11:35 PM
It's a shame that political agendas & personal history takes precedence to & attempts to distract from the point here. This was one of at least two accidents that occured within a 3 mile radius of my home just yesterday. I don't know the details of the second, but whether drunk, sober, texting, distracted or in a rush, this is serious & of concern to many of us.
Jerry Gordon June 20, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Kevin, still can't get over his epic 2008 loss and conviction for harassment. Hopefully he'll take stacie's advice and keep himself out of court again.
Nicole Faulkner June 20, 2012 at 01:20 AM
KMN, Ok, but then why the immediate reference to people "just following examples put forth by some of the township's political leaders and their offspring" as opposed to a relevant (allbeit ineffective) suggestion regarding ordinances that increase fines & penalties?? I highly doubt that while contemplating getting behind the wheel after drinking anyone is giving a second thought to the actions of LV's politicians. Stretching the phrase "under the influence" a bit, don't you think???
stacie bohr June 20, 2012 at 01:37 AM
You live and work in Honolulu now so our community is no longer of your concern. Enjoy your view.
Jerry Gordon June 20, 2012 at 01:51 AM
If I was in Hawaii I wouldn't waste one second on crap like this, working or not.
PWAY June 20, 2012 at 01:59 AM
All politicians are the same...
stacie bohr June 20, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Lovely thing to say as you're still "representing" from your terrace in Hawaii!
Nicole Faulkner June 20, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Do they import those sour grapes special for you?! Why insult an entire state because of some bad blood in a town you no longer occupy? Like I said, a shame to not stick to the point of the article & the essence of the first comment.

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