Cranford crash leads to assault by auto charge

Cranford police charged a 25-year-old Newark man with being under the influence of drugs and driving with a suspended license, among other counts, after his vehicle crashed into another and overturned.

Officers who responded to the intersection of Commerce Drive and Jackson Drive just before 5 p.m. Wednesday found the overturned car with Jonathan Perez and a male passenger, also 25, inside, Cranford Police Sgt. Gerard P. Quinn said today.

Detectives on the scene recovered several prescription medications and narcotics paraphernalia from Perez’s car, Quinn said.

Perez and his passenger were taken to University Hospital with injuries that the sergeant characterized as not life-threatening.

A 59-year-old woman driving the other vehicle was taken to Overlook Hospital, also with injuries not considered severe, he said.

Perez was processed at the hospital and later released pending an Oct. 23 first appearance in Superior Court.

He was charged with for driving under the influence of narcotics, possession of prescription medication and assault by auto and was issued summonses for reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.