Two people are facing drunk driving charges for operating the same BMW before and after a motor vehicle crash, Mount Olive Police said.
At about 11:16 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Matthew Anderson responded to Route 46 in Budd Lake near the entrance to the Route 80 East ramp for a reported traffic accident, police said.
The caller said a green BMW was involved in the accident and had left the scene, police said.
Anderson made contact with the victim, who was driving a 2006 Volvo on Route 46 East when it was struck by the BMW, police said.
The BMW involved was found at the nearby Conoco gas station on Route 46 West, police said.
It was occupied by Saad Shah, 19, of Budd Lake, and Dylan Martell, 20, of Dover, police said.
An investigation revealed Shah was driving the BMW at the time of the cash, and Martell drove the vehicle away from the crash and into the Conoco parking lot, police said.
While speaking with Shah and Martell, Anderson detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage and both appeared to be impaired, police said.
Shah and Martell were then arrested and taken to police headquarters, where both submitted to chemical breath testing.
Shah was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, and failure to exhibit a driver’s license.
Martell was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane.
Both Shah and Martell were released to a sober driver pending a court appearance.