A report of an arrest highlighted a “wild ride” that a 23-year-old suspect lead authorities on recently. The incident took place in Milville, New Jersey, and the young man is now being held in the Cumberland County Jail as he waits to put together a criminal defense.

The Milville police say they were responding to a report of a possible drunk driver who was heading east on Route 49. While two officers were responding, the young man allegedly swerved into the opposite lane of traffic along W. Main Street. His car then supposedly collided with a police vehicle, which disabled the vehicle and caused the officer to seek medical attention for shoulder pains.

The man’s car then continued for about a quarter-mile before a wheel fell off. Authorities allege that he then sought to flee the scene and commandeered a van. An officer later found him after he spotted the suspect allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road and with the headlights off.

It is believed that the man may also be an undocumented immigrant, although his status in the country was not immediately clear. Nonetheless, he has been charged with driving under the influence, aggravated assault and theft of a motor vehicle in addition to resisting arrest. Yet, there were no indications in the news report of whether a breathalyzer test had been given, or even if the young man’s blood alcohol content was above the legal limit. Indeed, it may well be that he was not the same person police were originally seeking in their response to a possible drunk driver report.

The State of New Jersey aggressively prosecutes drunk driving incidents, and the man’s arrest will most likely be no different, especially seeing as how police believe he may be an undocumented immigrant. In fighting the charges against him, a robust and aggressive criminal defense will be needed to level the playing field. The presentation of such a defense will be necessary to secure a fair result.

Source: The NJ News, “Millville police charge DUI suspect with assault, resisting, theft,” Greg Adomaitis, Nov. 21, 2011