Edward McKenna, 63, of Red Bank was involved in a one car accident while traveling north in a 2012 black Mercedes-Benz sedan on the Garden State Parkway at 9:50 pm Monday night. The accident occurred at mile marker 108 in Tinton Falls. He was arrested by the New Jersey State Police and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, according the Sgt. Adam Grossman of the NJSP Public Information Office.
Grossman said that McKenna submitted to a breathalyzer test, but would not disclose the results. Another law enforcement official familiar with the case said McKenna “blew very high.”
McKenna was the mayor of Red Bank from 1991 through 2006. He is currently chairman of the New Jersey State Planning Commission.
In March of 2009 McKenna’s car struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk outside of Riverview Medical Center, according to RedBankGreen. He was cited by the Red Bank Police with failure to yield to a pedestrian. In October of 2000 he was involved in an accident at mile marker 110 on the Parkway, leaving the scene before police arrived, according to RBG. McKenna said at the time that he identified himself to the other driver and left after waiting awhile for the police. Later, the State Police visited his home where his wife told the troopers he had taken a pain killer for his shoulder and was sleeping.
McKenna was not available when we called his law office for comment. This story will be updated if he calls back.