EDGEWATER, NJ – A woman fled after crashing into a utility pole and fire hydrant then barely escaped her car before it caught fire in Edgewater on Monday.
According to Daily Voice, Zaira Hernandez-Cortez struck a utility pole and a fire hydrant with her Mazda CX-5 near the intersection of North Street and Myrtle Avenue at about 4 a.m. She then sped away from the live wires she’d downed across the road. The hydrant was found 50 feet away from its severed connection.
A police officer was tipped off by the sparking and smoking vehicle. He tried to stop Hernandez-Cortez, then gave chase as she attempted to flee. She eventually made it back to her house and exited her car right before it went up in flames.
Hernandez-Cortez was obviously under the influence, per police, who arrested and charged her with several offenses, including aggravated assault to an officer as headquarters.
The accident area was closed for about 12 hours for repairs.
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