Police: Driver in serious Morris Township crash had twice legal limit of alcohol

The Morris Township driver who was seriously injured last month when her car slammed a tree had been driving at twice the legal limit for intoxication, police said on Saturday.

driver dana posey was seriously injured in this Sussex Avenue crash, which is being investigated by Morris Township police. Photo courtesy of the Morris Township police.

Driver Dana Posey of Morris Township was seriously injured in this Sussex Avenue crash. Photo courtesy of the Morris Township police.

Dana Posey, 32, had a blood-alcohol level of .16 percent when her Toyota struck a tree on Sussex Avenue early on April 16, 2014, said township Police Lt. Ed Conrads.

Posey, who is recuperating from severe injuries, has been charged with drunk driving, reckless driving and failure to keep right.

Additionally, she faces charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia, both disorderly persons offenses.

Results of the blood-alcohol analysis came back from the New Jersey State Police laboratory on Friday, Lt. Conrads said.

Police have determined that the car had been heading east on Sussex Avenue when it traveled onto the soft right shoulder, east of Bradford Court, and lost control, crossing into westbound traffic.

The driver, who was alone, “was found in the driver’s seat, seat belted and heavily entrapped,” with air bags deployed, and was removed after a “lengthy extrication,” police said at the time. Sussex Avenue was closed for about four hours between Raynor and Lake roads.

Township police were assisted by the Morris Township Fire Department, the Morris County Sheriff Office’s Criminal Investigation Division and paramedics from Morristown Medical Center.

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