While there are a variety of drunken driving charges, those involving vehicle accidents are more serious than simply being pulled over for a minor traffic violation and then issued a summons for DWI. As a New Jersey drunk driving defense lawyer, I and my colleagues have represented hundreds of motorists charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or prescription drugs.
Some of these people were involved in serious accidents, while others were simply going about their business when they were stopped by a police office on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, or just a normal traffic violation that ended up turning into a full-blown DWI or drug DUI charge.
A smaller percentage of drivers are arrested for operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or a controlled and dangerous substance (CDS) as a result of a fatal traffic accident. As a DWI defense lawyer practicing throughout the Garden State, I will say that the most serious cases involve fatal wrecks or very serious injury accidents.
Fortunately for one New Jersey driver, it was only he who was suffered injury as a result of an apparent drunk driving episode that left his vehicle lying on its roof in Middletown Township back in March.
According to news reports, the 25-year-old Woodbine man reportedly veered off the road at a possibly high speed, which then caused his vehicle to flipped over and come to rest on the passenger side. Based on police reports, witnesses said that they had seen the man driving in what was described as an aggressive manner just prior to the single-vehicle crash.
According to police, Samuel Gazzara, Jr. was allegedly intoxicated when the wreck occurred on Court House-South Dennis Road on a Monday morning. Once police and rescue personnel arrived on the scene, the driver was treated and then transported to Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House for injuries he received during the crash.
Police stated that Gazzara was charged with driving while intoxicated, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane. No other vehicles or individuals were hurt or injured as a result of the incident.
Woodbine man charged with DWI in Middle Township crash, PressofAtlanticCity.com, March 9, 2010