• Gabriel Donio

Accident leads to DWI charge


HAMMONTON—A single-vehicle accident led to a driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrest at 7:38 p.m. on September 22, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said.


Police were dispatched to the intersection of Valley and Central Avenues for a single-car motor vehicle crash, Friel said.


Officer Travis Hoffman observed a black Chevrolet Silverado on the front lawn of a residence on the 800 block of Central Avenue with disabling damage, Friel said.


The Hammonton Volunteer Fire Department and EMS were called out, as the driver was pinned in the vehicle, Friel said, adding that Hoffman observed the strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from within the vehicle.


The driver was identified as Dominic Benedetto, 53, of Hammonton, Friel said. He advised Hoffman several times that he was drunk and had been drinking at an unknown location, Friel said.


“He was treated on scene and was transported by ambulance to AtlantiCare City Division for further treatment,” Friel said.


Friel said Benedetto was charged with the following: driving under the influence, careless driving, reckless driving, failure to wear seatbelt, improper passing, and failure to maintain lane of travel.


Hoffman was the arresting and charging officer, Friel said.


In other police news, at 11:04 p.m. on September 25, at the intersection of 11th Street and First Road, Officer Kyle Ambrozaitis stopped a vehicle for being unregistered and found that the driver, Jacob Houde, 23, of Hammonton was found to have an active warrant from Hammonton in the amount of $1,000, Friel said.


Houde was placed under arrest and later released on his own recognizance at the scene pending a new court appearance at Hammonton Joint Municipal Court, Friel said. Friel said Ambrozaitis was the arresting officer.


This report is comprised of arrests and investigations made by the men and women of local enforcement. All suspects and arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.