Latest DWI/DUI Updates
By Evan Levow
June 1, 2017- Wrong-Way Driver Charged With DWI
A woman from Belleville was charged by Hoboken police for driving while intoxicated during Memorial Day weekend. Authorities state that she traveled the wrong way down Hudson Place. Police observed the woman driving the wrong way and pursued her in a traffic stop. As soon as the police officers got near the woman’s car they could immediately smell alcohol in there. The 22-year-old woman failed a sobriety test and was placed under arrest. A breath test resulted in her being over the legal limit. She was charged with driving while intoxicated in a school zone, reckless driving, and driving the wrong way on a one-way street.
May 26, 2017- Erratic Driving Leads To Drunk Driving Charges
A Lake Hopatcong woman was arrested on drunk driving charges after she was caught driving erratically. The 31-year-old woman was charged with driving while intoxicated, obstruction, criminal mischief, reckless driving and more after she had been stopped by the police. A police officer patrolling Route 80 stopped the car after he noticed a vehicle failing to maintain its lane. When he stopped the car, he detected the odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The woman was taken to police headquarters where she refused to submit to breath testing and kicked a door in the processing room.
April 25, 2017- Toms River Man With 5-Year-Old In The Car Charged With DUI
A 41-year-old man was found hunched over the steering wheel in a McDonald’s parking lot. The drunk man was identified as a Toms River man who was under the influence of drugs and alcohol with a child under five years old in his care, the girl’s mother was also in the car with him. Police found the driver to be in possession of Schedule II narcotics. He was arrested and charged criminally with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, driving while intoxicated with an upgraded penalty for driving with a juvenile as a passenger.
March 29, 2017- Ignition Interlock Devices Bill Passes NJ Assembly Committee
An ignition interlock device DUI conviction bill has passed the New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill is designed to reduce the number of drunken driving incidents in the state and would mandate the use of ignition interlock devices for anyone convicted of driving while drunk. Using this device would mean that drunk drivers will not be able to start their cars. A Mothers Against Drunk Driving advocate testified before the committee by providing photographic evidence of himself after he was struck by a drunk driver.
February 24, 2017- Woman Tailgates Police Car And Is Arrested For Drunk Driving
A woman from Rumson was arrested in northern New Jersey after she tailgated a police car. According to reports, a police officer in Sparta, NJ spotted a 2013 Lexus that was driving too close behind him on Rt. 15. The police officer ran the car’s registration and found that it was expired. The car was stopped and the 50-year-old Rumson woman was discovered drunk. She was arrested after she failed a series of sobriety tests.
January 31, 2017- Woman Hits Pedestrian While Driving Drunk
A New Jersey woman was recently charged with drunken driving after she hit a pedestrian with her car. Police stated that the 24-year-old woman struck a woman who was walking on the sidewalk with her mother and husband. The struck woman was pinned between the SUV that hit her and a fence. She was freed by emergency officials and transported to Jersey City Medical Center with a fractured right leg. The 24-year-old woman was charged with assault by auto, reckless driving, and driving while intoxicated.
December 14, 2016- Brick Man Charged With Drunk Driving By Point Pleasant Police
A man from Brick was recently arrested after he was involved in a two-vehicle crash. The 61-year-old man was charged with DUI, refusal to submit to breath samples, as well as reckless and careless driving. It should be noted that New Jersey is an “implied consent” state which means that by driving on NJ roads you have implicitly agreed to submit to breath testing if a police officer suspects you are driving while intoxicated.
November 25, 2016- Sparta Woman Arrested In Single-Car Crash
A Sparta woman was arrested after she had a single-car accident and was charged with driving her car under the influence of prescription drugs. The 52-year-old woman faced several charges including, being under the influence of prescription medication, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, not reporting an accident and careless driving. According to police officers, they suspected the woman was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when they approached her and conducted a series of field sobriety tests which she failed and was arrested.
October 27, 2016- Retired Police Chief Arrested With Nearly Triple Blood Alcohol Limit
A retired Scotch Plains, NJ Police Chief was recently arrested after he had a drunk driving crash. His blood alcohol content was found to be three times over the legal limit of 0.08, his was was 0.23 percent. The 51-year-old Police Chief crashed and veered off the road leading him to strike a pole that ended up splitting in half. He was charged with DUI, reckless driving, and failure to maintain a lane.
September 8, 2016- Terrible Parking Outside Lowe’s Leads To DWI Charges
In Mount Olive, a 31-year-old man’s bad parking job led to his arrest. The man’s parking was being observed by an Officer early Saturday morning on September 3, 2016, in the Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot. When the officer went to talk to the man he smelled alcohol and quickly realized that the driver appeared to be impaired. The officer also noticed an open bottle of beer in the car as well as three blue bottles containing pills called Gabapentin. The driver was arrested for failing field sobriety tests and charged with DWI, reckless driving, being in possession of an open container of alcohol in a car and being in possession of a prescription drug.
August 23, 2016- N.J. Football Coach Arrested For DUI Crash Involving Parked Cars
A recently hired Harrison High School football coach who was scheduled to start on August 15th has been arrested for an alleged DUI crash. It has been stated that the coach drove a town van into a number of parked cars while he was under the influence of alcohol. Reports state that the coach was unsteady on his feet and was slurring his words when the police arrived on the scene of the accident. His blood alcohol level registered at 0.11 which is higher than the legal limit of 0.08. He has been suspended without pay before he even started his new job.
July 26, 2016- Fork River Man Charged With Drunk Driving
Lacey police recently charged a man from Forked River with driving under the influence. An investigation on the scene led to the man being arrested and taken to police headquarters. He received traffic summonses for DUI, as well as failure to maintain lane. His vehicle was also impounded.
June 22, 2016- More Summer DWI Checkpoints To Be Expected In New Jersey
As the summer season starts state police are increasing their DWI checkpoints in an aggressive attempt to crackdown on drunken driving. New Jersey state data records that alcohol has been a contributing factor in almost a third of all the fatal crashes recorded over the last decade.
May 25, 2016- Beloved Burlington City Teenager Killed By DUI Driver
Early Sunday, May 22, 2016, a 17-year-old senior and ROTC member at Burlington City High School was hit and killed by a driver on Route 130. According to prosecutors, a 42-year-old man from Willingboro was driving recklessly and was also under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time he struck the teenager. The man was charged with reckless driving and DUI shortly after the accident occurred.
April 27, 2016- Philadelphia Nun Found Guilty Of DUI In New Jersey
A 41-year-old Philadelphia nun was recently found guilty of driving under the influence after she was charged with DUI in Gloucester County. The nun claims she was sleep driving when she was initially charged. She said she had taken an Ambien with a glass of wine before she went to bed, and has no recollection of how she ended up in Washington Township. The nun’s license was suspended for 90 days and she was ordered to pay a fine.
March 22, 2016- Police Director Fired After Being Arrested For DWI
February 17, 2016- Man From Dover Charged With DWI
On Sunday, February 14, 2016, a man from Dover was charged with driving while intoxicated and careless driving. He was identified as 19-year-old Jorge Coello-Sanchez. A Hackettstown police officer who was patrolling Route 517, stopped Sanchez’s vehicle and could smell alcohol in the car. Sanchez was arrested and released pending a court appearance.
January 20, 2016- Dumont, NJ Man Arrested For Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated
Orangetown Police arrested Alexander Singh on Route 340 after he was noticed drifting off the road and hit a parked vehicle and a mailbox. Police state that Singh failed field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. He was taken to Orangetown Police headquarters where he also failed a breathalyzer test. Singh is due in court on February 10, 2016.