Woman will face DWI charge

Staff Writer

JACKSON — An alleged domestic dispute between parents nearly turned deadly on the evening of Nov. 12.

At about 7:32 p.m., Jackson police officers and EMTs responded to a report of a hit-and-run accident on Cassville Road.

According to police, the incident occurred when an argument between the man, who police did not identify, and Michele Duffy, 34, of Manchester, spilled out into the front yard.

Police allege that Duffy entered her 2002 Mazda to “purposely strike [the] male subject.”

Police said the man was holding the couple’s 6-year-old child when he was run over by the vehicle.

A second man who came to the aid of the first man was also struck by the car before Duffy took the child into her car and drove off, according to police.

One man was taken to a hospital in Trenton for injuries sustained in the incident, and one man was taken to Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood.

Later that night, police in Manchester located the suspect’s vehicle at a convenience store, police said.

Duffy was subsequently apprehended and charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child. She was placed in the Ocean County Jail, Toms River, with bail set at $50,000 and a 10 percent option.

Officials said additional charges could be lodged against Duffy.

Police withheld the identities of both men who were struck by the car, and they did not provide any information about the condition of the child.