Po­lice: More charges filed against drug-im­paired driver who hit pedes­trian

Newark Post - - POLICE BLOTTER - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

A 23-year-old driver ac­cused of hit­ting a pedes­trian in Ne­wark last month is now fac­ing ad­di­tional, more se­ri­ous charges, po­lice said.

John Stro­bel was driv­ing a 2003 Buick LeSabre north on North College Av­enue just af­ter 2 a.m. Feb. 25, ac­cord­ing to Ne­wark Po­lice Depart­ment.

As Stro­bel turned left onto Ray Street, he hit a 19-year-old woman who had just stepped into the cross­walk, po­lice said.

The woman was rushed to Chris­tiana Hospi­tal to be treated for se­ri­ous in­juries to her head, spine and leg. She has since been re­leased.

An of­fi­cer trained in drug recog­ni­tion de­ter­mined Stro­bel was driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of a drug. Stro­bel was cited for pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana, but po­lice would not say if that was the only drug he is sus­pected of us­ing.

“Un­for­tu­nately, I can­not com­ment on the re­sult of the test­ing or the con­tents of the opin­ion of the of­fi­cer,” said Lt. An­drew Ru­bin, a spokesman for the Ne­wark Po­lice Depart­ment.

Stro­bel was ini­tially charged with DUI and re­leased, but af­ter “fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion and eval­u­a­tion of the vic­tim’s in­juries,” po­lice de­cided to charge him with first-de­gree ve­hic­u­lar as­sault, a felony, Ru­bin said. Af­ter be­ing ar­raigned on the ad­di­tional charge, Stro­bel was re­leased on $5,000 se­cured bond.

He was also charged with inat­ten­tive driv­ing, fail­ure to stop at a stop sign, driv­ing with­out proof of in­sur­ance and fail­ure to have reg­is­tra­tion in his pos­ses­sion.


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