If there is one thing I remind people arrested for DWI and other drunk driving violations, don’t make things worse by pulling another person in on your mistake. Of course, an adult is fully capable of deciding if he wants to ride with someone who is obviously intoxicated, but a child, well that’s a different story. As a New Jersey drunk driving lawyer, I and my staff of experienced DWI attorneys have represented clients charged with a wide range of offenses in addition to driving under the influence of alcohol, or prescription or illegal drug DUI.
A recent news article is an example of the trouble that a driver can get into when not considering the safety of his or her passengers. Apparently a 22-year-old Plainfield man was arrested for driving while intoxicated after crashing his vehicle in the driveway of a Dunellen home late in the evening of August 3.
According to police, Stanley Brown of 127 Prospect Avenue was arrested by borough police after he allegedly crashed a 1994 Nissan Maxima along the driveway as he was trying to leave the locale around 11 p.m. Officers were called to the scene by concerned neighbors, who told officers that the man had fled the vehicle and was in the backyard of the house.
According to reports, the police found a five-year-old boy sitting on the back seat of the car, but not in a child-restraint seat. The child was identified as the son of Brown’s girlfriend. Officers then searched and found the man in the backyard, where they also detected the odor of alcohol on his breath.
After having the man take a series of field sobriety tests, which he allegedly failed, police administered a breathalyzer test and found the man’s blood alcohol content (BAC) to be 0.19 percent — double the legal limit in New Jersey. Brown was then arrested and transported to the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick.
Police said that child’s condition was evaluated by the Dunellen First Aid Squad and was determined to be unhurt. The boy was returned to the custody of his mother, and Brown was also charged with child endangerment.
Any person arrested for or charged with DWI, drug DUI or breath test refusal should consult a qualified drunk driving attorney to understand his rights under the law. Our lawyers are available around the clock to provide legal advice, with the initial consultation free of charge. Drunk driving convictions can be detrimental to a person’s future, so don’t leave yours to chance.
Man charged with DWI, child endangerment after crashing into Dunellen home, mycentraljersey.com, August 4, 2009