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Driver accused of striking parked car during DWI

When most people think of intoxicated driving, they immediately assume that the alleged perpetrator was consuming alcohol. Despite this common misconception, many other types of intoxicated driving persist, including that involving the consumption of illegal drugs or driving while under the influence of prescription medication. Even people who take recommended amounts of their own medications could face trouble because certain drugs can impair motor function and judgment, leading to a DWI charge.

A 48-year-old man from Bayonne has been accused of intoxicated driving after he allegedly struck another vehicle with his Jeep Grand Cherokee. Authorities report that the man was unsteady on his feet and he was slurring his speech while talking with emergency medical responders at the scene. A witness reportedly saw the man strike a parked car and then drive away.

The suspect told authorities that he did not remember striking another vehicle, and he had not been drinking. Still, the man admitted to taking prescription medication, which may have impaired his judgment. The man has been charged with careless driving, along with DWI in a school zone and leaving the scene of an accident. The parked car sustained minimal damage in the collision.

In this case, it is possible that the man will be able to obtain a relatively lenient sentence if he had simply taken his own prescription medication and experienced difficulty driving. It does not appear as though the man was being malicious, and he did not injure anyone. As a result, he may be able to work with his attorney to negotiate a plea deal that would allow for limited prison time. This is particularly true if this was the man's first offense. A plea bargain would require the man to plead guilty to the crime, which would allow prosecutors to perhaps drop or lower the severity of some of the charges.

The man has been released on a summons, according to local authorities.

Source: The Jersey Journal, "Bayonne DWI driver 'slams' into parked car, flees scene: cops," Ken Thorbourne, Feb. 12, 2013

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