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LOWER TOWNSHIP NJ (April 28, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)On April 26, 2018, at approximately 1:20 P.M., the Lower Township Police Department was dispatched to a one-car motor vehicle accident that involved a vehicle striking a residence located on Sandalwood Road in the Villas section of the township.  A multi-agency response was activated with assistance from the Town Bank Fire Department and the Lower Township Rescue Squad. 

Upon arrival, officers made contact with the driver of the vehicle who was still behind the wheel and attempting to exit the vehicle through the passenger side door.  The green Jaguar XJ6 was lodged into the side of 413 Sandalwood Road and caused a portion of the foundation of the residence to crack, due to the impact. 
The driver, who was identified as Joanne M. Thomas, a single, unemployed 63 year old female of the Villas section of the township, was evaluated by rescue personnel and signed a patient refusal for care. 
Officers investigated the scene further and decided to run Ms. Thomas through standard field sobriety testing, ultimately resulting in the arrest of the subject for driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol. 
Ms. Thomas was issued multiple motor vehicle summonses for Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving and Failure to Produce Required Documents.  She was also found to be in possession of prescription level medication without a prescription and issued a criminal complaint summonses for Possession of Prescription Legend Drugs, a crime of the 4th Degree.  She was released on her own recognizance, pending court proceedings. 
Once the scene was deemed safe by the Township Building Inspector, the vehicle was towed from the scene as per John’s Law.
The accident was investigated by Ptlm. William Kocis and S/O Michael Harkin, with assistance from Ptl. Jennifer Anzelone and Ptlm. Jason Felsing. 

Lower Township Police Department
405 Breakwater Rd
Cape May, NJ 08204

Emergency: 9-1-1 
Non-emergencies: 609-886-161