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Verona Man Charged With Drug Possession, DWI

Wednesday morning accident at intersection of Ridge Road and Reservoir Drive injures woman.

A 23-year-old Verona man went through a stop sign Wednesday morning at the intersection of Ridge Road and Reservoir Drive and struck an occupied parked car, injuring a woman, police said.

Michael A. Collins was driving west on Reservoir Drive, police said, when he passed a stop sign at the intersection of Ridge Road and Reservoir Drive at 11:47 a.m. and struck a car travelling southbound on Ridge Road.

Collins car then continued across Ridge Road and struck an occupied parked car before coming to a stop on the sidewalk, police said.

Collins was given a series of sobriety tests by police after he was having trouble standing and appeared impaired and arrested on driving while intoxicated charges.

In addition, police charged Collins on the drug charges after officers found a hypodermic needle and 20 used white paper folds used to package heroin in his possession.

Collins also faces an assault by auto charge because of the injury to the woman seated in the parked car, police said.

He was processed on all the charges and released pending arraignment in Newark Superior Court on Thursday, Nov. 29.

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