Police charged a 44-year-old male driver with a DWI after they responded to a call regarding a car accident at about 1:42 a.m. on New Year’s Day. When police arrived at Quail Ridge Drive in Plainsboro, they found an abandoned Ford Escape that had crashed into a tree. After finding the man, he was taken to Princeton Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Authorities charged the man with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident in addition to the DWI charge. He was also charged with reckless and careless driving, failing to wear a seat belt and failing to maintain his lane. Police released the man to hospital staff, pending his next court appearance. There were no other details given as to why police believed the man was under the influence of alcohol.

Those who have been charged with a DWI may face serious penalties. If convicted, it may be required for a driver to pay a fine or spend time in jail. A driver may also have his or her license suspended or revoked. Probation, community service or house detention are other possible penalties in a drunk driving case.

Drivers who are facing drunk driving charges may wish to speak to a DWI defense attorney. An attorney may take steps to cast doubt on the fact that a driver was under the influence of alcohol after an accident or at the time of a traffic stop. A lawyer could argue that a test was taken incorrectly or that the machine used to take the test was malfunctioning. This argument could be enough to have drunk driving charges thrown out or reduced as part of a plea deal.

Source: NJ.com, “Injured Plainsboro man charged with DWI after cops find his wrecked SUV on New Year’s Day“, Anthony G. Attrino, January 02, 2015