Talk about your repeat drunk driving offenders, East Rutherford resident, Shaun Campbell, will surely have a place in the record books. According to reports, the 39-year-old already had a dozen DWI convictions, and 78 license suspensions, prior to a recent accident when he allegedly caused a head-on crash with another driver and his four-year-old daughter at the intersection of South Street and Spring Valley Road in Morris Township.
Police say that Campbell was allegedly intoxicated when he ran his SUV into another vehicle in Morristown on Thursday, April 23. Immediately following the accident, the suspect was viewed running from the scene into nearby Loantaka Park in an effort to escape from police. All of this happened while Campbell’s license was suspended by the state.
Campbell was caught and initially charged with driving while intoxicated and obstruction of justice. However, authorities also hit him last Wednesday with a charge of fourth-degree assault-by-auto in connection with this most recent accident.
First convicted for driving while intoxicated in 1987, when he was 17, Campbell has had his license suspension for 39 motor vehicle infractions and 39 “administrative” violations, including failure to appear in court and neglecting to pay fines.
Morris Township also had a $3,500 warrant for Campbell from a 2007 crash. He was remanded on the warrant but later posted bail and was released, according to the county prosecutor’s office.
Morris County prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi on Wednesday afternoon asked the Superior Court to set a $50,000 cash-only bail because of “the defendant’s prior demonstration of contempt and disregard for the judicial system and based upon the significant danger that he presents to the community.” Typical bail for these kinds of charges are set at $2,500. Campbell was rearrested and remanded.
If you or a relative have received a summons for DWI of have been arrested for driving while intoxicated, we highly encourage you to retain the services of a New Jersey DWI Attorney. The legal professionals at The Law Offices of John F. Marshall are available 24/7 to provide assistance.
East Rutherford driver with 78 suspensions charged in assault-by-auto case, NJ.com, April 30, 2009
12 DWIs, suspensions couldn’t keep him off road, NJ.com, April 29, 2009