A Lawrence man was charged with three counts of assault by auto and drunken driving following a Saturday morning crash on Route 138 that sent three people to the hospital, police said.
Paul M. Hough, 33, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and three counts of assault by auto following a 7:23 a.m. collision with a 2009 Toyota at the intersection of the state highway and Old Mill Road, Sgt. Chad Clark said.
Hough was traveling east on the state highway in a 2005 Ford Ranger when he hit the Toyota, which was being driven by a 45-year-old Newark man, Clark said.
Police did not release the driver’s name. The Toyota also had two passengers. Their names also were not released by police.
All three had to be extricated from the vehicle by West Belmar Fire Department and Wall Township First Aid. They were taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Clark said. Their conditions were not immediately available.
The collision is being investigated by Patrolmen Michael Tozer and Evan Baubles, Clark said.
Anyone who saw the collision is asked to contact the Wall Township Police Department at (732) 449-4500.