Drunk driver escapes injury after striking telephone pole

The incident took place on Friday night in the Laurel Springs section of town.

On April 27, at 10:41 p.m., the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to Hider Lane in the Laurel Springs section for a report of a vehicle that had crashed into a telephone pole. Arriving officers found that a Chevy pickup truck had left the roadway, struck a telephone support pole and then rolled over and came to rest on a tree. Part of the support pole fell into the roadway where a second vehicle struck it. The driver of the pickup truck was identified as George Conforme. Neither driver was injured in the crashes.

Conforme displayed signs of intoxication while officers were speaking with him. He was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated. His damaged vehicle was impounded per the New Jersey Attorney General Directive known as “Johns Law,” which directs police to impound vehicles for a minimum of twelve hours when a driver is arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Conforme was processed and later released to a relative. Hider Lane was closed for a short period of time while the support pole was repaired.
We are fortunate that no one was injured in the crash, as it could have ended tragically.

We want to remind everyone that, if you are planning on drinking, do not get behind the wheel. Designate a sober driver, use public transportation or one of the many ride share programs to get home safely. For more information on preventing drunk driving, visit Mothers Against Drunk Driving at www.madd.org or the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety website at www.nj.gov/oag/hts/index.html.