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Police: Woman under the influence leaves accident scene

LOPATCONG TWP., Pa. - Police dispatched to Route 57 in the area of Route 519 in Lopatcong Township for a possible motor vehicle accident, only to determine the driver of the vehicle was under the influence. 

According to police, a 58-year-old woman was the single driver of the vehicle, who attempted to make a right turn on Route 57 East, but failed to negotiate the turn and struck the northern portion of the guiderail face and concrete bridge face that crosses Lopatcong Creek. 

The driver, identified as Mary Medina of Washington, New Jersey, then reversed her vehicle and tried to negotiate the turn again, but this time struck the southern portion of the guiderail face and concrete bridge face before leaving the scene, according to police reports. 

Before police arrived, eyewitnesses followed and stopped Medina one-half mile east of the accident scene. 

She was charged with Use or Being Under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and was issued several traffic summonses, some of which included failure to submit a breath test and leaving the scene of an accident. 

Medina was released pending a court appearance. 

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