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Drunk Morris Twp. Man Slammed Into Tree, Cops Say

Man said he had come from a Morristown bar, according to police.

A Morris Township man was allegedly drunk when he smashed his SUV into a tree at the intersection of Sussex Avenue and Roberts Street on Saturday night, police said.

Michael Bedrick, of Starlight Drive, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and failure to maintain a lane after receiving a report of the accident at about 6 p.m.

According to a report filed by officer Steven Crump, he responded to the scene and found a sport utility vehicle with extensive front-end damage from hitting a tree. No other vehicles were involved, according to the report.

When Crump spoke with Bedrick, the driver said he was not injured and didn't require medical attention, according to the report. When asked what had happened, Bedrick said a driver in front of him had "slammed his brakes," then "skidded," then "made a turn," according to the report. Crump noted in his report he could smell the scent of alcohol coming from Bedrick's breath.

Asked where he had been prior to the accident, Bedrick said "the Grasshopper," referring to Grasshopper off the Green in Morristown. He told the officer he had been there for lunch to watch basketball games, was not drunk and was "good to go" and could go through sobriety tests, according to the report.

Crump observed the area and, despite what Bedrick had told the officer, could not find any skid marks on the road "but only the marks from his tires that clearly indicated he veered off the road," according to the report.

Bedrick later recorded a blood alcohol content level of .115 percent, or above the legal limit of .08 percent, according to the report.

Bedrick was transported to Morris Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and advised of his court date. He was later released into the custody of a friend.

For questions about this post, email john.dunphy@patch.com.

Note: It is the Morris Township Police Department's policy to omit ages when releasing police reports.

Slader December 08, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Drunk man hits tree. Reporter regurgetates police report. Whatever happened to real journalism about real issues?
Terry December 08, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Since you can't spell 'regurgitate', go with 'puke', it'll make you look just a little less foolish when you rail about journalism.
Jack Daniels December 08, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Man. This story makes me want to get blotto ASAP. Seems you can get overserved at this Grasshopper joint too. Know when to say when joiks
RDC December 08, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Someone get "Maria" a notorious comment maker stating that the patch never reports about "white people" being drunk in Morristown. Maria believes that the patch and Morristown in general has it out for the hispanic community. Run fast, make phone calls, eamils, smoke signals, JUST LET MARIA KNOW THAT Whitey was arrested!
Freda's Sugar Daddy December 15, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Be careful during the holidays people. .115 @ 6:pm after eating food is scary. Thinking you are fine, aware and close to sober enough to risk your drive home is a terrible choice. Add $10,000 over 3 years to that tab at The Hopper. I know alot of law enforcement personnel. They say this: If you feal "fuzzy" you are definitely over the limit. Do not drive. Wait at least another hour and a half. Go buy a Christmas present at Century 21 before putting that key into the ignition. Good luck my friends.

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