Whether you live or travel in the Monmouth County area, municipalities such as Asbury Park, Manalapan Township and Red Bank all see their share of intoxicated and impaired driving these days. As long-time DWI defense lawyers, my legal team has represented hundreds of individuals from all around the Garden State who have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, prescription medications or illegal drugs, also known as controlled dangerous substances (CDSs).
Quite often one can find the results of police activities in the local police blotters published by news agencies all around the state. The following is a brief list of the kinds of police arrests that take place on a regular basis here in New Jersey. While the circumstances are always unique, the situations that arise are often very much the same when it comes to the how and why of many traffic stops; they illustrate the typical course of events that many drivers experience year in and year out when it comes to drunk driving and drug DUI.
Asbury Park Arrests include DWI and Drug Possession
Law enforcement personnel in the Asbury area have been making drug-related arrests for many years. In recent weeks, according to reports, police have made arrests for possession of drug paraphernalia, intoxicated driving and marijuana possession. During the long Labor Day weekend, officers arrested several people including a 32-year-old out-of-state man for heroin and cocaine possession, as well as five prescription legend drugs.
Police Arrests for Drugs and DWI in Howell, NJ
During the holiday weekend, a 24-year-old local woman and a 28-year-old Hazlet man were arrested and charged with heroin possession, as well as alleged distribution of a CDS, plus possession of various drug paraphernalia. Not long after, a 36-year-old township man was stopped by police and reportedly charged with possession of heroin, plus distribution of a CDS and possession of a hypodermic syringe.
During that same weekend, a 26-year-old township resident was arrested by police, following a traffic collision, after which the driver was charged with DWI. On top of the drunken driving charge, police included charges of operating a motor vehicle in a reckless and/or careless fashion. The police report mentioned that the man’s vehicle allegedly left the roadway and hit a utility pole.
Red Bank, NJ, Patrolmen Stop and Detain Alleged Drivers
Borough police officers pulled over a car along a stretch of Shrewsbury Ave. and charged the 27-year-old local motorist with intoxicated driving. In a similar episode the next day, patrolmen stopped a car being driven by a 35-year-old local man along a portion of Newman Springs Rd. Following what might have been a routine traffic stop, the officer in charge likely detected the odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath and made an arrest, followed by official charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.
A more serious situation cropped up on during the next day, when a 31-year-old Monmouth County driver was stopped for an alcohol-related traffic offense, which then became a drug-related arrest. According to news reports, officers were in the process of determining that the motorists was intoxicated behind the wheel, when they apparently also found evidence of controlled dangerous substances on the individual’s person. The driver was taken into custody on the grounds of heroin and pot possession, plus intent to distribute drugs. At that point, it could be said that the DWI charge was likely the least of this man’s legal problems.
Monmouth County police blotter, APP.com, September 8, 2014