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NJ driver charged in 9-vehicle DUI wreck with injury

Police allege he was too drunk to speak

EASTON, Pa. - Easton police say the man allegedly involved in a drunk driving wreck that injured one woman and involved nine vehicles was so drunk he couldn’t speak or take a field sobriety test.

Raymond Shields, of the 1300 block of Washington Street, faces DUI and aggravated assault charges after allegedly crashing late Wednesday night about two blocks from his house. District Judge James Narlesky arraigned the 28-year-old early Thursday morning, setting bail at $10,000.

Easton police were initially dispatched to the 1100 block of Washington Street shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday for a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they instead found a wreck that involved nine vehicles. Witnesses told police that the driver of a 2010 Nissan Versa headed south toward Butler Street on South 12th Street.

A witness described the driver as wearing a green jacket, dark-colored pants and having short hair.

Court records make no further reference to the report of shots fired.

Officers found Shields in the 1200 block of Butler Street and said they could immediately smell alcohol. Authorities allege he was too drunk to speak or participate in field sobriety tests, and a witness confirmed it was Shields that was spotted walking away from the crash.

The driver of a gray Honda Civic involved in the wreck sustained a “serious bodily injury” and was taken to the hospital, according to court records.

Shields initially gave police a false name. Officers eventually found his ID card and learned that his New Jersey driver’s license was suspended.

Police charged Shields with DUI, vehicular aggravated assault while DUI, false ID to police, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.

Authorities also discovered an outstanding arrest warrant out of Essex County, N.J., on drug charges. The judge set bail on the warrant at $100,000.

Shields failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing on Nov. 23.

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