For one man in particular, having his car end up in an odd spot in appears to have led to his arrest. The man was in a New Jersey neighborhood when he was placed under arrest for drunk driving. His car ended up partially on a lawn and partly on top of a retaining wall of a home.
According to the news report, someone reported an accident to police. When they responded, they found the car oddly placed with its back end up on a retaining wall. When police encountered the driver, they reportedly smelled alcohol on him.
The 54-year-old driver apparently refused to take a Breathalyzer test. He also allegedly failed the field sobriety tests he was given. The news reports indicated he was charged with drunk driving and also a charge for refusal of the Breathalyzer. There were also other charges filed against the man, but the exact allegations were not disclosed.
While there may be a number of reasons a person refuses to take a Breathalyzer test, the accused man must now prepare to defend himself against the New Jersey DUI allegations. Any time someone faces a drunk driving charge involving a car crash, the mere accusations against them could affect their employment, their reputation and/or their family life; regardless of the outcome once the case goes to court. Nevertheless, there is a substantial difference between an accusation of criminal conduct and a conviction. The burden of proof is the responsibility of the prosecutor, and unless every element of a crime is proved beyond a reasonable doubt, no conviction can be obtained.
Source: nj.com, “DUI charged after vehicle found on front lawn in Alpha,” March 8, 2013