As we have noted in previous posts, New Jersey drunk driving law differs somewhat from other states. Authorities consider first offenses traffic violations. Even so, penalties can be significant. To warrant a felony charge, the elements of the crime must be much more severe.
On Nov. 3, a woman was charged with DWI and possession of heroin on Oct. 14 after other drivers reported that she was driving in an erratic manner on a New Jersey interstate. The state police stated that authorities found her at a Flying J truck stop in the Carneys Point area off of Interstate 295.
New Jersey residents may be interested to learn that a former Episcopal bishop who pleaded guilty to manslaughter was sentenced to prison on Oct. 27. The woman struck a bicyclist in December 2014, killing him. She reportedly fled the scene directly following the accident and only returned when she was encouraged to do so by a friend. Authorities discovered that her blood alcohol levels were about three times the limit. As a result, she was facing 10 years in prison for manslaughter and for leaving the scene. She was ultimately sentenced to 20 years in prison but had 13 years suspended. She also resigned from her position within her church.
Authorities say that a 29-year-old man faces multiple charges in connection with an accident that took place at 7 a.m. on Oct. 11. The crash took place near Old Bridge, New Jersey, near mile marker 122.3 of the Garden State Parkway. According to police, the man's Yukon sports utility vehicle overturned, which caused the death of a 28-year-old passenger in the vehicle.
Rescue workers needed to free three people from a wrecked yellow Ford Mustang that crashed into a tree on Mechlin Corner Road in Union Township. Injuries among the passengers ranged from minor to serious.
A 31-year-old man was sentenced to seven years in prison after a 2013 motor vehicle accident that killed an 80-year-old Brick woman. The Point Pleasant man was convicted for impaired driving before this vehicular homicide conviction. His previous conviction was for driving while under the influence of alcohol, and he had an ignition interlock device in his car, which prevents a vehicle from moving if a driver has consumed alcohol.
Authorities say that a Bergen County officer parked his patrol car to assist a fellow officer who was having problems with his radio on April 19. Shortly before 2:00 in the morning, authorities claim that a 36-year-old Lodi, New Jersey, man crashed into the Bergen County officer’s cruiser, which was “shortly stopped parallel” to the patrol vehicle that had radio issues, according to NJ.com.