State v. R.S. (decided May 22, 2019)
Charges: N.J.S.A. 39:4-50 (.211% BAC DWI-DISMISSED) and N.J.S.A. 39:4-97 (CARELESS DRIVING -GUILTY).
On November 16, 2018 a State Trooper was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident that took place on the New Jersey Turnpike. Upon arrival the officer questioned the motorist who caused the accident and detected an overwhelming odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from the breath the defendant/motorist. In addition, the trooper noticed that the defendant/motorist’s speech was slurred, eyes were bloodshot, and he did admit to consuming alcohol prior to driving when questioned by the trooper. The defendant/motorist was transported to the emergency room where he consented and provided blood to be analyzed by the State for suspicion of a DUI. After approximately six months of litigation, the DWI was dismissed and the defendant/motorist pled guilty to driving in a careless manner for causing the accident. The court suspended defendant/motorist’s drivers license for a period of thirty days and assessed fines totaling $135.00 to by paid by the defendant/motorist.