When police are called to the scene of a crash, they may investigate whether alcohol or any other type of impairment was involved and whether to charge anyone with the commission of a crime. This was the case recently in New Jersey as police responded to a car accident. The incident ended with a man from Lafayette facing drunk driving charges.

There was a report of a car crash involving a single vehicle, and police were called to the scene. When they arrived, they found a vehicle in the woods. It was a 1995 Chevrolet, and they say that the driver was present.

The man allegedly drove about 75 feet into the woods. He was administered unspecified field sobriety tests and was said to have failed them. He was then taken to the police station and given a breath test for blood alcohol content, which led to criminal charges being filed. He was accused of reckless driving, improper turns and driving while intoxicated. The 40-year-old man has a pending court date.

In New Jersey, drunk driving charges are taken very seriously. While anyone arrested is presumed innocent of any and all charges, a conviction can result in the loss of driving privileges, high fines and other penalties that can impact a person’s career, finances and family relationships. Anyone arrested and subjected to a field sobriety test or breath testing should be aware of how the results of those tests may affect the outcome of the criminal proceedings. Nevertheless, any individual facing DUI accusations has the right to challenge the prosecution’s version of the underlying events and to confront witnesses against them in the courtroom.

Source: njherald.com, “Man who drove into woods faces DWI charge”, , Aug. 28, 2014