New Jersey DWI and Drug DUI Defense: Drunk Driving Police Blotter

While it is true that not all DWI arrests and drunken driving summonses result in a conviction for driving while intoxicated, a percentage of New Jersey motorists cited for driving under the influence of alcohol are found guilty. As a New Jersey drunk driving defense attorney, I and my colleagues handle dozens of drunk driving, breath test refusal and drug DUI cases every month.

Whether you have been arrested for DWI or for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of illicit or prescription drugs, it is advisable to retain the services lawyer. The following selection of recent drunken driving incidents illustrates the possible scenarios of DWI arrests and other DWI-related charges.

Whether you live in Newark, Trenton, Atlantic City or any of the other cities and towns throughout New Jersey, remember that a DWI conviction will likely affect your life in an adverse way.

A 27-year-old Lyndhurst motorist was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in late January. The incident occurred just before 2pm, according to police reports. Two police officers stopped the driver for speeding on Route 3 near Passaic Avenue. While interviewing the man, the officers allegedly detected signs of intoxication. They reportedly administered several field sobriety tests, which the driver was unable to pass. He was arrested and charged with DWI after registering a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of 0.31 percent on a breath-testing device. He was also issued summonses for speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and failure to maintain his lane.

A Clifton resident was pulled over and arrested in the morning of January 30. According to police reports, officers responded to Van Houten Avenue on a report of a possible drunk driver in a 2006 Chevrolet. At the scene the officers found the vehicle and questioned the 26-year-old driver. During this time, the officers apparently detected signs of intoxication. They arrested the man who only registered a 0.02 percent BAC on a breath test machine. After officers searched the man, they allegedly found the drug Xanax on his person. During the questioning, the motorist admitted to having taken Percocet, Vicodin and two Ambien pills before getting into his car and driving. He was charged with possession and use of CDS (controlled dangerous substance). He was also charged for having an outstanding warrant.

A 20-year-old man from Teaneck, NJ, was arrested and charged with DWI on January 29 around at 3am in the morning. Officers responded to Bloomfield Avenue on a report of a 2008 Nisan Altima striking a guard rail near Route 3. Once at the scene of the accident, officers questioned the driver during which that detected signs of intoxication. Following a series of failed field sobriety tests, the driver was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with DWI after posting a BAC of 0.12 percent on the breath alcohol test device. He was also charged with underage drinking and issued a moving violation summons for careless driving.

A 19-year-old Dover resident was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in the afternoon of January 13. According to police, detectives from the Anti-Crime Unit stopped a 2010 Hyundai on Main Avenue because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. While speaking with the driver, officers detected the odor of burned marijuana and after a search found two plastic bags; one containing marijuana and the other holding two blue pills later identified as Percocet, according to police records.

Police Blotter Clifton Journal, NorthJersey.com, February 5, 2010