If ever faced with a drunk driving arrest, New Jersey residents may well feel ashamed and even embarrassed. This can be due in part to the stereotype that society creates regarding people who are charged with DWIs. Thoughts of careless, reckless people initially come to mind. However, the reality is that very responsible people can get into these situations and be accused of driving while impaired. This even includes those in law enforcement themselves.
A police officer from New Jersey is learning this lesson today after his recent arrest in Pennsylvania. The man was actually charged with a DWI offense last August in New Jersey. That arrest was his first for impaired driving. As a result, he lost the right to drive for 90 days but has since regained his license. Now, he will face a drunk driving charge in Pennsylvania where the laws are different and treat DUIs as criminal offenses rather than simple traffic violations. It is unknown what penalties the man could face if he is convicted.
Details of the incident are spotty and only indicate that he is alleged to have driven his vehicle for some distance, hitting other vehicles along the way. He was eventually stopped at a block created by other officers. His blood alcohol content is also unknown at this time.
While reports can initially make things look grim for defendants, people should always remember that they have the right to a proper defense. Talking to an attorney at this time may be very helpful in learning how to approach the process.
Source: NJ.com, "N.J. cop was involved in domestic violence incident before alleged DUI crashes in Pa.", Justin Zaremba, June 21, 2016