When police see a disabled or troubled vehicle, they may follow or pull that person over to see if help is needed. This can sometimes lead to someone finding themselves under suspicion of a crime. Recently, a New Jersey man was driving a car with issues and found himself facing drunk driving charges as a result.
Around 1 a.m., police heard a car making a loud sound. They looked up Main Street of the New Jersey town and saw a pickup truck going along the road with a flat tire. They stopped the truck and believed the driver showed signs of intoxication. Based on the results of the field sobriety tests they performed on the driver, they arrested the man.
He was charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving. The 21-year-old man also faces charges of having marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the truck. After his arrest, he was released to the custody of a family member.
In a case where police pull someone over and driving under the influence charges result, it has to be proved that police had a legal cause to originally pull the vehicle over. There are also laws pertaining to what kind of tests can be conducted and what kind of evidence can be used when facing drunk driving charges in New Jersey. Those who are arrested in New Jersey or elsewhere should know their rights along with what kind of possible consequences someone may face or what kind of defense may be most effective against a DUI charge.
Source: newjerseyhills.com, “Noisy flat leads to driving under the influence charge in Chatham”, , April 15, 2014