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Driver in Rutherford Route 3 rollover had open wine in SUV, police say

Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Correspondent Jim Battista
Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Correspondent Jim Battista

ONLY ON CVP: A 25-year-old Denville woman whose SUV rolled after it clipped the back of a tractor-trailer on Route 3 in Rutherford late Friday night had an opened bottle of wine in the vehicle and smelled of alcohol, police said this morning.

Rutherford firefighters and Volunteer Ambulance Corps members joined police at the scene just after 11 p.m.

A 2010 Nissan Rogue driven by Kimberly Kulik in the eastbound highway’s center lane struck the driver’s side rear wheel of a 2007 Freightliner, sending it rolling, Capt. Patrick Feliciano told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Kulik “admitted to consuming alcohol” and was taken to the hospital for medical treatment and to give blood samples, Feliciano said.

She initially received summonses for careless driving, having an open alcoholic beverage in the car and driving an uninsured vehicle, pending the results of the blood test, the captain said.

Route 3 East was shut down nearly 2½ hours while the crash was investigated and the scene was cleared.

STORY / PHOTOS: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Correspondent Jim Battista

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