Madison, NJ, Police Blotter: Recent Alcohol DWI Traffic Stops and Arrests

As a New Jersey drunk driving and drug DUI defense lawyer, as well as a former municipal prosecutor, I know that on any given day local police will make dozens of DWI arrests across the Garden State. Similarly, our local courts see hundreds of driving while intoxicated cases come through their doors every month. Madison, NJ, is no different than other communities throughout the country. Here are just a few recent examples of DWI arrests in this part of Morris County.

July 7 — A law enforcement officer stopped an 18-year-old man in the late evening hours after the patrolman observed a car traveling at a high rate of speed on Route 24. The officer also noticed the driver did not keep right, after which he pulled the suspect over and saw that the driver had a bottle of brandy in the car. The resident of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was arrested and charged with underage possession of alcohol. He was later released pending a court appearance.

July 9 — Following an evening traffic stop, an officer arrested two 20-year-old women from Chatham for underage possession of alcohol. The suspects’ Cadillac was observed doing 40mph in a 25mph zone and was subsequently pulled over. During the stop, the officer noticed three 30-packs of beer in the rear seat. Both individuals were later released pending their court appearances.

July 10 — In a late afternoon DWI stop, a 47-year-old Basking Ridge, NJ, man was charged with driving while intoxicated as well as careless driving. Officers on patrol noticed the suspect’s vehicle at a stop light with its turn signal activated. When the light turned green, the driver did not turn and instead nearly caused a collision with another vehicle. During the subsequent stop, the driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol and arrested after he failed several sobriety tests. He was later released to a friend.

July 11 — In the early morning hours, a 21-year-old Montville man was stopped for speeding and charged with DWI. The incident occurred on Main Street when the suspect attempted an abrupt turn onto Greenwood Avenue in what the officer deemed and unsafe manner. The vehicle was pulled over for the observed traffic violations, at which point the officer determined that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. Following sobriety evaluations, the man was arrested and taken police headquarters for processing. He was charged with carrying an open bottle of vodka in his vehicle, driving on a suspended license and careless driving. He was released R.O.R. on an outstanding $500 warrant pending his court appearance in Lincoln Park.

News from the Madison Police Department,, July 15, 2009

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