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NJ Emergency Management Director Charged with DWI after Causing Crash

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Posted on Jun 30, 2013

Police have charged city official Ernest Feist of driving while intoxicated, believing speed and alcohol were factors that caused his Monroe Township car accident.

According to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, Feist was traveling above the legal speed limit in a 2012 Mercedes CLS on June 4 when he veered into the opposing lane on Hoffman Station Road, hitting a 57-year-old Manalapan woman in a 2004 Toyota Highlander.

Police arrived at the crash scene near the Hoffman Road intersection just after 5:00 p.m. Feist was suffering undisclosed injuries and was taken from the scene by ambulance. A passenger in his vehicle, a 34-year-old man from Effort, PA, was also taken by ambulance for medical treatment. The passenger was last listed in stable condition at The Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro.

The driver of the Toyota was taken by medical helicopter to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where she was admitted in critical condition.

Police have said that Feist’s vehicle also made contact with a vehicle traveling behind the Toyota, a 2004 Mazda with one occupant. The 31-year-old woman driver was taken to Centra State Hospital in Freehold, where she received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. She has since been released from care. 

Feist, 54, is the director of emergency management for Monroe Township and works as a city engineer for Perth Amboy. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of assault by auto at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he is still being treated for his injuries.

The investigation into this case is being led by Investigator Daniewicz of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

We wish the injured victims full and fast recoveries during this difficult time.

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