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Brick Man Indicted for Assault by Auto in Suspected Drunk Driving Accident

Gavel (Credit: Brian Turner/Flickr)

Gavel (Credit: Brian Turner/Flickr)

A 30-year-old Brick man has been indicted on a charge of assault by auto in a 2014 automobile accident during which prosecutors say he was intoxicated while driving.

A Monmouth County grand jury returned an indictment against Nicholas J. Graf, of Schindler Drive, this week, prosecutors said. The charges stem from a July 14, 2014 crash that occurred on Route 35 in Wall Township.

Wall Township police said at the time of the crash that Graf was driving a 2014 Ford pickup truck when he rear-ended another vehicle, setting off a chain-reaction style accident that involved four vehicles. One person, identified in the indictment only as L.B., was injured.

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Assault by auto is considered a fourth degree crime in New Jersey, which carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in jail, but the presumption of no jailtime upon conviction.

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