Police have charged a Middletown man with several offenses related to a hit-and-run accident that occurred on March 15. The charges include reckless driving, leaving an accident scene, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving on a suspended licence and DWI. According to the Holmdel Police Department, a Pontiac Grand Prix was spotted just before 1 a.m. in the Dearborn Farms parking lot at the intersection of Centerville Road and Highway 35. The vehicle appeared to have heavy damage on its left side. As an officer on patrol approached the car to talk to the 33-year-old driver, he reportedly smelled alcohol coming from the man.
People who have been charged with drunk driving in the state of New Jersey have several options available for their defense. Although they will of course be considered innocent until they are proven guilty, an assertive attempt to defend themselves against the charges may result in a much more positive outcome.
Many New Jersey drivers may not be fully aware of the penalties that can accompany a DWI conviction. While all DWI-related penalties are serious on their own, the severity of these penalties may increase depending on the offender's blood alcohol content and prior convictions.
On July 13 at around 2 a.m., Vineland police received reports that there was a suspected drunk driver in the area of Elmer Road and Delsea Drive. According to police reports, the vehicle in question was a Toyota Tundra that was reportedly driving erratically on the road and running stop signs. An officer was dispatched to the area, and, while at the intersection of South East Avenue and East Elmer Road, he stated that he saw the driver of the Tundra go through a four-way stop at 20 mph and nearly hit a curb.
A Raritan woman has been charged in a drunk driving incident after allegedly running into a police car in the early hours of July 4. At approximately 2:49 a.m., the woman allegedly sideswiped a patrol car that was parked on the side of West Sylvania Avenue. The patrol car's lights were flashing at the time of the incident, according to the Neptune City public safety director.
New Jersey lawmakers are considering expanding the use of ignition interlock devices in cases involving driving under the influence offenses. Under current New Jersey law, ignition interlocks are a potential requirement in cases involving a high blood alcohol content reading among first-time DUI offenses and for repeat DUI offenders.