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Man Faked Hit-and-Run Story, Charged With DWI, Cops Say

44-year-old man faces charges including filing a false police report, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

A Morris Township man is facing charges of driving while intoxicated and more following a reported hit-and-run accident near Frederick Place March 16, according to a Morris Township Police Department statement.

Capt. Richard Ferrone said officers went to a Frederick Place residence to document a hit-and-run collision and found the person who had made the call, 44-year-old Henri Linden, intoxicated.

Linden told officers that his vehicle was the victim of a hit-and-run collision in Morristown, the statement said. According to police, however, further investigation showed the collision took place near Frederick Place: The passenger side mirror Linden reported missing was found next to a mailbox that had been struck.

Police said officers had probable cause to believe Linden was operating the vehicle while intoxicated, and the man was arrested.

Linden faces charges of filing a false police report, DWI, reckless driving, careless driving, leaving the scene of accident and failure to report an accident.

Police said the man was released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

Editor's note: According to court documents, Linden was found not guilty of drunk driving and charges of reckless driving and of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death were dismissed. Linden plead guilty to charges of careless driving and failure to report an accident.

Steve March 26, 2013 at 06:47 PM
thankfully the only casualty was the mailbox...
Laura March 30, 2013 at 12:35 AM
duh--calling the police on himself? drunken idiot
Laura March 30, 2013 at 12:36 AM
duh-calling the police on himself? drunken idiot

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