Local municipalities throughout the Garden State make numerous traffic stops and subsequent arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol. As DUI defense attorneys understand the ins and outs of this state’s legal system.
Whether it is a case of drunk driving where the motorist has been arrested at one of many sobriety roadblocks, or if an individual is caught in possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle or otherwise operating a car under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), the situation may be similar to numerous other arrests in the news every week.
Serving motorists in Monmouth, Bergen and other counties throughout the state, our suggestion is to always consult with a drunken driving defense lawyer to better understand your particular situation. The following list of recent DWI/DUI arrests by Little Falls, NJ, police is just an illustration of the kinds of drunk driving offenses that happen every day across the county.
Marijuana Possession in a Vehicle
On a Thursday evening in September, a patrolman stopped a driver for having illegally tinted windows on his vehicle. Walking up to the driver’s side of the car, the officer detected what he suspected was the odor of burning cannabis, or marijuana, emanating from the vehicle. During a voluntary search of the 19-year-old suspect’s car, the policeman discovered several plastic bags filled with marijuana. The officer subsequently arrested the man, who was reportedly a resident of Paterson, NJ.
During an early morning traffic stop on a Friday, Little Falls police officers pulled a vehicle over for speeding along a section of eastbound Route 46. The patrolmen noticed that the driver was exhibiting signs of being drunk. The officers then requested that the 28-year-old female driver perform several field sobriety tests to determine if the woman was impaired by alcohol. After failing the tests, police arrested the driver. A subsequent blood-alcohol content (BAC) test was performed by the officer indicating that the driver had a BAC in excess of the 0.08 percent limit. She was then arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI).
An early Saturday morning traffic stop on westbound Route 46 west led to a DWI arrest for another motorist. According to police reports, after officers pulled the 30-year-old suspect over for failing to maintain a lane, patrolmen had the driver perform several of the standardized field sobriety tests. Officers then arrested the driver whose BAC was measured at over 0.08 percent.
The next day, police stopped a driver on Paterson Avenue after observing the suspect’s vehicle cross over the double yellow line, as well as fail to use a directional signal. The 36-year-old female driver reportedly exhibited signs of being under the influence of alcohol. After failing several field sobriety tests, she was arrest for DWI. The individual also refused to take a breathalyzer test. To complicate matters further, the driver had two young children in the car with her. The 5-year-old and 8-year-old kids were allegedly unrestrained at the time of the arrest.
Little Falls: Police Blotter, NorthJersey.com, September 30, 2010