A New Jersey man who demolished his car after hitting a streetlight pole in Northampton County five months ago was high on six drugs, officials said.
Matthew M. Lurig had morphine, codeine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, benzodiazepines alprozolam and benzolecgonine in his system when he crashed around 11:38 a.m. July 11 in the 2600 block of Emerick Boulevard in Bethlehem Township, officials said.
Lurig told police he could not remember hitting the pole after he was found walking in circles in the roadway, officials said.
A witness who called 911 said he was driving behind Lurig's red 2009 Honda on Route 191 near Newburg Road when he saw Lurig drive in the opposite lane and off the road, nearly causing several accidents, officials said.
The witness told police that he followed Lurig along five different roads as Lurig made his way onto Route 33 and then exit onto Freemansburg Avenue, officials said.
At Emerick Boulevard, Lurig's car crossed into the opposite lane, mounted the curb and hit the pole, which crashed to the roadway, officials said.
Lurig had trouble communicating with police, and only said that his wrist hurt, officials said.
A preliminary breath test at police headquarters showed no alcohol in Lurig's system, so a blood sample was drawn and sent to a lab for testing, officials noted.
Lurig, 30, of Bloomsbury, Hunterdon County, N.J., is currently in the Warren County Prison on an unrelated charge, court papers show.
He was arraigned on four counts of DUI and a reckless driving charge in connection with the July 11 crash, according to court documents.
A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 19.