2/6 – Former Red Bank Mayor Convicted of Drunken Driving

By John Burton

TINTON FALLS — Former Red Bank Mayor Edward J. McKenna Jr. was convicted in municipal court of drunken driving on Tuesday.

A guilty verdict for the driving while intoxicated charge resulted in the suspension of McKenna’s driver’s license for seven months, $764 in fines and the requirement that he participate for 12 hours in the state’s Intoxicated Driver Resource Program, according to the municipal court clerk’s office.

Two related charges, reckless driving and unsafe lane change, were dismissed, according to the clerk’s office.

McKenna had served as Red Bank’s mayor from January 1991 to December 2006, the longest serving Democratic mayor in the borough’s history.

He was charged by State Police last May 13, while traveling on the Garden State Parkway. According to the State Police, McKenna was traveling northbound in the express lane in the area of milepost 108 at approximately 9:50 p.m. when his late model Mercedes struck a guardrail and spun around with McKenna allegedly traveling southbound a short distance in the northbound lane.

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