Most Ocean County residents likely understand how serious a drunk driving charge can be, and thus will try to avoid engaging in such activity at all costs. Yet despite this understanding, drunk driving arrests continue to occur in New Jersey and throughout the rest of the U.S. In fact, study information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that in 2012, 1.5 percent of New Jersey adults surveyed admitted to having driven after drinking too much at some point during the previous month.
A report of someone driving erratically summoned police to Route 9 and Frederick Drive in Berkeley Township, New Jersey. Police said that a vehicle had been hit by another vehicle that sped away from the scene.
A New Jersey woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after she left a liquor store in Hopatcong on Feb. 19. The incident occurred around 5:30 p.m on Holiday Drive following a 911 call.
When a driver is stopped on suspicion of drunk driving, the police officer administers one or more tests to determine if intoxication is present. A blood alcohol concentration at or above .08 percent is the legal benchmark for impairment. If the police sobriety tests indicate impairment, the results will be recorded as evidence against the driver.
According to authorities, a 23-year-old man from Cedar Grove who allegedly passed out in his car in a Riverdale store parking lot on Route 23 was taken into custody on Dec. 19. The Riverdale Police Department was dispatched to the store after receiving a report of a suspicious vehicle around 3:30 a.m.
The driver of a car that struck another vehicle on Route 34 near Interstate 195 in Wall Township was driving drunk, according to authorities. The driver, a 47-year-old woman from Atlantic Highlands, was released from custody after being charged with DWI and assault by auto. The driver of the vehicle she hit suffered minor injuries for which they received treatment at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune.
There are many circumstances that can lead to an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in New Jersey, some more unusual than others. An unusual situation is exactly what happened recently to three friends who all are now facing DUI charges. Last month, a 34-year-old woman was pulled over by authorities for allegedly swerving. During the traffic stop, authorities purportedly conducted field sobriety tests, which they say the woman failed, resulting in the arrest. It is unclear what tests were performed, or whether a Breathalyzer test or blood draw was collected.