DWI suspect leaves car door at crash scene

August 11, 2008 5:54:14 AM PDT
A car door and a stack of personal papers left behind at an accident scene helped authorities in Morris County track down an alleged drunk driver.

Boonton police say 20-year-old Deirdre Ruth of Denville struck a utility pole on Valley Road at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, then drove off.

Officers then responded to the scene and found the door of a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier and several papers bearing Ruth's name and address.

A short time later, Denville police reported that Ruth had crashed a 1996 Chevy Cavalier with a missing door into a stone wall about two miles farther down Valley Road.

Ruth - who was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries - faces charges of drunken driving, underage drunken driving and numerous motor vehicle violations.