Latest DWI/DUI Updates
By Evan Levow
January 8th, 2019 – Reduced Sentence Obtained For Drunk Driver
In 2013, a man in his early 20’s slammed into the back of a Hyundai while traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph. The driver of the other vehicle, a mother of 5, was killed in the collision. The driver was found to be intoxicated and was found guilty of vehicular homicide. He was originally sentenced to six years in prison, however, after filing an appeal, his sentence was reduced to four years.
December 4th, 2018 – Woman Charged With DUI After Crashing Into House
Police, firefighters, and emergency responders arrived to find that a car had flipped over and hit a house. The siding on the house and part of the wall was damaged. The driver and passengers survived the accident and were extracted from the vehicle. The driver was charged with a DUI and other traffic-related offenses.
November 13th, 2018 – DWI Dismissals In NJ Are On The Rise
According to date released by the state judiciary, the number of DWI cases that were dismissed in 2017 reached 24% – nearly twice that of previous years. One theory as to why so many cases are being dismissed is that attorneys are better equipped to get any blood, urine, or breath tests thrown, making it difficult to prove the driver was under the influence.
August 31, 2018 – Indictment of Drunk Driver In Hit And Run Accident
On April 29, a hit-and-run accident occurred in Plainfield, NJ when a drunk driver fatally hit a pedestrian who was exiting a taxi. The driver of the vehicle was discovered a short time later in his home and a his damaged car was parked outside. On Friday, August 4, an indictment of vehicular homicide charges was made public.
June 25, 2018 – Man Killed In Drunk Driving Accident
On June 17th an intoxicated driver was driving his SUV the wrong way on Route 36 in Middletown NJ. The driver slammed his SUV into another vehicle as he was driving west in the eastbound lanes. The driver of the other vehicle was taken to Riverview Medical Center and was pronounced dead at 12:46 am. The driver of the SUV was alone in his vehicle and sustained no serious injuries. He is being charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, misuse of a divided highway, and having an open alcoholic container in his vehicle.
May 29, 2018 – Child Injured In Serious Accident, Driver Charged With DWI
On Friday, May 25, a 27-year-old woman with a suspended license was driving a Chevy Malibu crashed her car into the back of a Lincoln Navigator while driving on the expressway in Mahwah around 2:50 pm. The crash caused the Navigator to hit the guardrail and then a 12-year-old boy was ejected from the car. The boy was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center but his condition is currently unknown. The driver of the Navigator was not injured. The driver of the Malibu has been charged with DWI, assault by auto, and several other charges.
April 5, 2018 – Two Women Charged With Driving Under The Influence After Damaging Vehicles
Early in the morning on Saturday, March 31, two women were allegedly driving drunk in Hoboken, NJ when they crashed into several parked cars. According to the police, the women were taking turns driving as they tried to determine who was “less drunk” to be able to drive home. They were both over the legal limit and damaged 4 cars as well as the one they were driving, which sustained so much damage it couldn’t be driven. The women were charged with reckless driving and driving drunk in a school zone.
March 7, 2018 – NJ Woman Flees From Police And Is Then Charged With DWI
On Friday, February 23, the Bedminster Police pulled over a car driven by a Morristown woman for failing to signal for a lane change and having tinted front windows. When the 33-year-old woman was pulled over she refused to get out of the car and then drove away. She fled with the police chasing her until her car jumped the curb and down an embankment into a swamp area. She was stuck there and then arrested by police. She faces several charges including DWI on a school property or within 1,000 feet of a school and having an open container of alcohol.
February 15, 2018 – After DUI Arrest Dennis Rodman Checks Into New Jersey Rehab
Dennis Rodman’s agent confirmed on Wednesday, February 14th, that the former NBA star has checked into Turning Point Rehabilitation Center located in Paterson, NJ after being arrested for drunk driving last week in Newport Beach, California. Rodman was pulled over on Saturday night under suspicion of driving under the influence and failed the sobriety test and breath tests. Rodman has struggled with alcoholism for many years and has been in rehab once before in 2014.
January 11, 2018 – New Jersey Department of Transportation Employee Arrested On DUI Charges After Crashing Snowplow
An employee for the New Jersey Department of Transportation was arrested on after allegedly crashing a snowplow into several vehicles while working.
According to reports, the driver allegedly crashed into two cars while plowing snow on Route 23 in the town of Pequannock, New Jersey. Police say the man was over the legal limit of .04 BAC for commercial vehicle drivers. Upon investigating the suspect, it was found that he was previously arrested on for driving under the influence three separate times including once in Aberdeen in 2002, again in Morris Plains in 2007 and most recently in Denville in 2017.
December 2, 2017 – Police In Pleasantville To Begin End-Of-Year Crack Down On Drunk Driving
Police from Pleasantville, New Jersey recently announced their plans to begin the annual end-of-year DUI crack down on Friday, December 8th. Law enforcement officers will be cracking down on drunk driving throughout Atlantic County as well as every other county in the State of New Jersey as the 2017 year comes to a close. The initiative is part of a nationwide campaign called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over which focuses on reducing the number of drunk driving incidents across the nation.
November 14, 2017 – Authorities Announce Upcoming Sobriety Checkpoint In Morris County, NJ
According to officials from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Roxbury Township Police Department will be conducting a DWI sobriety checkpoint at some point before the end of November. The DUI checkpoint is being funded by a grant from the New Jersey Division of the Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Officials said that more checkpoint dates will be announced later in the month.
October 26, 2017 – DWI Checkpoints Scheduled For This Weekend In Monmouth County
Local police and law enforcement agencies have announced that they will be conducting several DWI checkpoints in Monmouth County over the upcoming weekend. The sobriety checkpoints will be held from 10:00 p.m. on Friday through 2:00 a.m. on Saturday. According to the Brielle police chief, the Monmouth County DWI Task Force will be stopping vehicles in the westbound lanes on Newman Springs Road in Red Bank, NJ. New Jersey State Police also announced that they will be setting up sobriety checkpoints in Neptune and Belmar over the weekend, but did not specific exactly where or what time the checkpoints will be held.
September 7, 2017- Jersey Shore Man Killed By A Drunk Driver
A man from Ocean Township New Jersey died on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 following an accident that involved a drunk driver. The man’s car was rear-ended by a tractor trailer that was being driven by a drunk driver. The accident happened on the southbound side of Route 440. The truck crashed into a Hyundai Sonata causing it to jackknife and hitting two other cars. A 45-year-old man who was driving an SUV that was pushed into another car died at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy. The truck driver was charged with driving under the influence and the accident is still under investigation.
August 17, 2017- Off-Duty Trooper Involved In A Crash That Injured An N.J. Woman And Girl
An off-duty trooper from Maryland was arrested for a DUI crash that injured a woman from New Jersey and a ten-year-old girl. According to the police statement, the man was driving a marked Maryland State Police Chevrolet Tahoe when he rear-ended a Mercedes going in the same direction as he was. The Cherry Hill, New Jersey woman and the girl were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. The state trooper was charged with driving under the influence, driving while impaired, failure to control speed to avoid a collision, negligent driving, and reckless driving. He was also suspended with pay.
July 7, 2017- Sparta Woman Charged With DWI After Driving Herself To Police Headquarters
A Sparta NJ woman was charged with DWI after she drove herself to the Sparta Police Department headquarters. The 51-year-old woman initially drove to the police department to file an “unwanted guest” complaint. However, when a Sparta policeman was taking her statement he found her to be totally confused and suspected that she was intoxicated. The policeman also figured out that she had driven herself to the headquarters in this condition. She was taken into custody after being given field sobriety tests and a breath test. Police charged her with DWI, DWI in a school zone, and careless driving.
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 it’s 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.