🚔 Toms River man crashes into utility pole and residence in Manchester near Jackson border

🚔 The driver was seen swerving in and out of lanes on Route 571 before crashing into utility pole and residence in Manchester

🚔 Police arrest Toms River man on suspicion of DWI after single vehicle accident in Manchester

Police in Manchester arrest a Toms River man for allegedly being intoxicated when he broke a mailbox and severed a utility pole near the Jackson border.

(Photo: Manchester Township Police Department)
(Photo: Manchester Township Police Department)

Toms River driver swerves and allegedly drives drunk causing crash in Manchester

In the crash that occurred around 9:49 am on Wednesday, a witness told police that the man, since identified as 48-year old Scott Skweres of Toms River, was heading east on Route 571 swerving in and out of lanes and ended up crashing into a utility pole, a mailbox, and a residence.

Through their investigation, police said that they learned the 2006 Lincoln Town car driven by Skweres swerved in and out of lane and then straight onto the eastbound shoulder then onto the mailbox and utility pole.

After that, he veered back across the road and stopped after driving into a residence, according to police.

(Photo: Manchester Township Police Department)
(Photo: Manchester Township Police Department)

Skweres sustained minor injuries but declined additional medical attention after an EMT evaluation, police said, and from there he was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

What happened to Toms River driver after DWI crash in Manchester

After he was brought to Manchester Police Headquarters for processing following the DWI related crash in town, he was released pending a future day in court.

Manchester Police continue the investigation into the crash but at this point suspected drunk driving and failing to maintain his lanes are the primary causes.

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Car crashes are up year over year in Manchester Township

In a January 1, 2023 interview on 'Shore Time with Vin and Dave' on 94.3 The Point, Manchester Police Chief Robert Dolan discussed the rise in car accidents that have increasingly gone up in the township.

"I know from checking our stats that our DWI arrests are up over 10-percent this year (2022) so there's quite a jump for us, our fatal accidents are up, our regular accidents are up as well," Dolan said. "I think if you look at and you ask other departments, they'll tell you the same thing."

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