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A Secaucus man was charged with driving under the influence and assault by auto Thursday night when he was driving on the wrong side of the road and smashed into a Fire Department vehicle responding to a call, police said.

The crash occurred at 9 p.m. on 10th Street, near the Meadowlands Parkway when Secaucus Volunteer Fire Chief Carl Leppin III was driving south on 10th Street in the Chevrolet Tahoe assigned to the chief, Secaucus police Capt. Dennis Miller said.

Clint Cleetus, 39, who was driving a Honda, was in the wrong lane when he struck the Tahoe, police said. He was issued summonses for three motor vehicle violations, including making an improper turn and reckless driving.

Cleetus' airbag deployed and he suffered chest pains, Miller said, noting that he declined further medical assistance. Leppin complained of pain following the crash, but he also refused medical attention.

 

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