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Man reportedly altered DWI crash scene

According to police, a New Jersey man poured water on the road in an attempt to cover up a drunk driving accident. He and a friend were both taken into custody on DUI charges. The man reportedly drove a black, 2001 BMW disobeyed a stop sign and struck a guardrail close to the intersection of Sawmill and Woodport roads. Following the accident, the driver allegedly drove the vehicle to his home nearby and returned to the accident scene in a friend's car.

The man was seen walking in the intersection by a police officer at approximately 2:45 a.m. The police officer approached the car and spotted two 5-gallon buckets, each containing some water, inside the vehicle. The driver was reportedly trying to cover up the accident by pouring water on the road to create black ice conditions. In addition to DUI charges, the driver was charged with disorderly conduct, failure to report an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to stop at a stop sign and creating a dangerous condition. The dangerous condition charge was for allegedly icing the intersection on purpose.

A DUI conviction can cause personal, professional and financial headaches. For example, individuals who have been convicted on DUI charges may have to pay for special, expensive insurance in order to drive. In addition, a DUI can hurt a person's professional career.

A defense lawyer may work with a defendant to mitigate the potential damage of a DUI conviction. Depending on the circumstances, some defendants may qualify for a pretrial intervention program. Upon successful completion of a program, the defendant's charges will be dismissed. Other alternatives include a plea deal or going to trial.

Source: New Jersey Courts, "Pre Trial Intervention Program (PTI)," accessed on Feb. 25, 2015

Source: NJ.com, "N.J. man poured water on road to make it look like black ice caused his DWI crash, cops say," Jeff Goldman, Feb. 17, 2015

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