It’s not unusual for New Jersey drivers to be stopped for drunk driving if they exhibit signs of intoxicated driving. Some of these signs include failure to stay in one’s lane, excessive speed, driving markedly below the posted speed limit, careless driving, erratic vehicle operation, etc. Of course, many of these can also be attributed to other situations not involving drinking and driving. For this reason alone, as a New Jersey drunk driving and drug DUI defense attorney, I can say that not every traffic stop results in a DWI summons.
There are cases where the police will stop a driver based on observations of the person’s vehicle, then submit the individual to a field sobriety test if the officer believes that driver is intoxicated. Everyone deserves the opportunity to have their day in court. Retaining an experienced DWI attorney is the first step toward contesting a drunk driving summons or breath test refusal. The following are several examples of recent DWI and drug DUI arrests in the local area.
A 46-year-old man from Matawan was pulled over for straddling the dashed white line and driving in both eastbound lanes on Amwell Road in the early morning hours of August 16. Police reportedly charged the man with driving while intoxicated and failure to maintain the lane. After being taken into custody, the man failed several field sobriety tests. Officers took him to police headquarters where he was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.20 percent — nearly three times the legal limit in New Jersey.
Following a call by a local resident who reported being woken up by a crash in front of his house, police responded to an alleged hit-and-run accident in Deer Path. According to reports, the caller told police that he heard the sound of a vehicle driving across the yard. The car belonging to a 20-year-old Deer Path man reportedly had jumped the curb and struck a tree in a neighbor’s yard, before traveling across the driveway and grass. The driver was later found in his vehicle parked in his garage, along with evidence that the car had recently been in an accident. Police took the man into custody after he failed several field sobriety tests. At police headquarters, he was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.11 percent. He was charged with DWI, failure to keep right, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and underage consumption of alcohol.
A 40-year-old driver from Kinnelon was observed by police allegedly swerving into the shoulder of the lane and crossing over the double yellow line on Route 206 in the later afternoon of August 10. According to police, the man was pulled over and then given several field sobriety tests, all of which he failed. Officers took the man into custody. At police headquarters, he was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.13 percent and was charged with DWI, failure to wear a seat belt, careless driving and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. After being processed he was released to the custody of his wife.
HILLSBOROUGH: Police Blotter, CentralJersey.com, August 27, 2009