Drunk driving is an equal opportunity offense here in the Garden State. So long as you own a car, or have the opportunity to drive one regardless of whether it is your own vehicle, an individual has one of the major elements of a drunken driving arrest. The other part would be the actual imbibing of an alcoholic beverage (or in the case of a drug DUI, taking of prescription medication or ingesting an illegal controlled dangerous substance (CDS), such as meth, weed or coke).
As New Jersey drunk driving defense attorneys, I and my staff of experienced civil and criminal defense lawyers understand the impact that a DWI or DUI conviction can have on a person. It goes without saying that more than one career, personal relationship or otherwise unblemished reputation has been ruined by a single charge of driving under the influence of alcohol of doctor-prescribed medicine, much less an actual conviction. Aside from steep monetary fines, penalties and surcharges, loss of driving privileges and occasionally jail time can be attached to a conviction for driving while intoxicated.
Although most typical motorists are not in the public eye, those individuals who are have a much higher profile and can suffer even more from the public humiliation of being arrested for a DWI incident. Whether convicted or not, these people may feel their reputations tarnished and public persona diminished to some degree. Whatever the cause of a traffic stop, if a person has been drinking the police may decide to arrest him or her, no matter how well known or loved by the public.
Not long ago, a retired professional boxer, Theodore Mannschreck, better known as Teddy Mann was charged with drunken and reckless driving by local police after officers responding to a motorcycle accident found the 60-year-old middleweight boxer apparently injured and intoxicated by the roadside. According to news reports, Mann had allegedly lost control of the cycle, which then ended up on top of the rider, pinning underneath. A witness to the accident, which occurred on a late evening near the Townsend Marina in Lacey Township, NJ, assisted the injured Mann by removing the motorcycle from on top of him.
Police indicated that Mann was heading along a stretch of East Lacey Road when for some reason he lost control of the vehicle and it left the pavement, entering the marina’s parking area, then crashing and trapping the rider beneath. After police and emergency personnel arrived, Mann was apparently determined to be impaired by alcohol. He was then sent to a local hospital for medical treatment and further evaluation. Police issued him summonses for driving under the influence, reckless driving and failure to maintain his lane.
The earlier incident in which Mann was allegedly caught driving while intoxicated happened in the Forked River area. According to reports, that arrest took place after a car being driven by the former boxer hit a late model pickup truck along a portion of East Lacey Road. The other vehicle, a 2007 GMC Sierra, was reportedly backing out of a driveway and into the roadway when it was hit by a Mercury Sable driving by the former boxer. Previous to these more recent run-ins with the law, Mann had been convicted of assisting a robbery in Ocean County, NJ.