Underage Drinker Smashes Cars, Leaves Scenes, Cops Say

20-year-old man also had severe damage to his own vehicle, including missing tire, according to police.

A Morristown man, who was allegedly drunk underage, smashed into multiple vehicles in different locations on a single night, police said.

Jose Duarte, 20, of Flagler Street, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated underage, driving while suspended, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, reckless driving and careless driving at 11:55 p.m. on Aug. 26, according to police.

According to a police report filed by , county dispatch reported a vehicle had been hit outside 37 Hill St. by a red pickup truck that was trying to leave the parking lot. As Petr headed to Hill Street, dispatch said a caller had just heard a loud crash on Elm Street, the report said. As the officer passed Elm Street, he saw a Volkswagen Jetta had sustained heavy rear-side damage there, according to the report. Petr called in the license plate number of the damaged vehicle before continuing to Hill Street, the report said.

A severely damaged Mercedes was found at 37 Hill St., but the red pickup truck had left the scene, according to the report. A 911 call, however, noted a red pickup truck was in the area of apartments on Franklin Street and had just hit a car, according to the report.

As Petr arrived at the apartment complex on Franklin Street, several people pointed the officer toward the rear of one of the buildings where he found a man walking away from a red pickup truck, according to the report. The officer stopped the man, later identified as Duarte, and told him to stand by another officer as he examined the vehicle. Petr observed the truck had damage to the bumper, the side, and a dangling passenger-side mirror, according to the report. The report also said he observed a missing passenger-side tire.

The report said officers noted the scent of alcohol on Duarte's breath, and that several witnesses identified him as the person who was driving the truck when it crashed into the vehicle at the apartment complex. 

Duarte, who originally denied driving the truck, later told police he did drive it, according to the report.

Duarte was transported to for treatment. He was later released into the custody of a relative.

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Chris September 05, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Wow. He lives about a 2 minute walk from where all this happened. Isn't that why people move to Morristown. So they CAN drive and NOT drive. Nothing good ever comes from the people who live in those apartments on Flagler Street. Horrible apartment complex and the center of Crime for Morristown. Every bad crime that happens in Morristown, I look at the address and they live on Flagler Street.
Tryclyde September 06, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I'm going to start wearing a helmet if I'm ever out in town after hours on the weekend.
Melly Motown September 06, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Does it really matter where you live in Morristown? Come on people get over yourselves. Respect the fact that in most of those apartments there are families with children. It could of happened to a middle class or rich or just a caucasian and theres always in excuse for that. ”Oh but hes really good person” thays so ignorant and stupid stereo types. If you want to stop stupidity why don't they closed down half the bars in Morristown so no more stupid drunk kids or young adults come out stupid drunk?? with much respect im just saying.
Melly Motown September 06, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Oh and did you know also that crime doesn't always happen at that address get your facts straight. I'm born and raised in Morristown I know alot what goes on in my community.
Gail September 07, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Excuse me -what a racist comment from Chris about Flager Street. When the activity is alcohol fueled it does not matter where you live...
Chris September 07, 2012 at 04:21 PM
*CAN drink and NOT drive, I meant.
Chris September 07, 2012 at 04:25 PM
What was racist about my comment? I didn't mention ANYTHING about race. I was actually referring to facts that I have read in other articles. Most of the time when I read an article about some crime that happens in Morristown, the person has an address around there. The kids that got in a fight behind staples, the other guy who was shooting his stolen 9mm pistol in the cemetery, there was a guy who robbed a girl at knife point a little while back. All these people lived in that area. I am not being racist at all! I am just stating the facts.
Chris September 07, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I agree with you, I know crime doesn't always happen at that address. I was saying that it seems that a lot of people committing crimes in other parts of the town live in THAT area of town. But, now that you bring it up, there WERE a few crimes that happened in that area. Just last month, they arrested a few guys on drugs and weapons charges.
Chris September 07, 2012 at 04:41 PM
No, it doesn't matter where you live, its what you do in Morristown. I don't care where you live, actually. What I do care about is the crime coming out of that area. I am against anyone who wishes to cause any kind of trouble in town. This is a great place to live and work and I am just tired of all the problems that area causes. It just seems to me that every other week, there is another story of some crazy stuff happening around town and the people are usually from that section.


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