New Jersey State Police claim a 56-year-old woman was driving drunk when she pulled into a police station on Oct. 9. The woman allegedly struck a curb as she drove into the station in Bass River and refused to take a breath test. She received charges for driving the wrong way on a highway, reckless driving, DWI and refusal to submit a breath sample.
The incident began at around 5 a.m. when officers at the police station received a report about an apparent wrong-way driver. The driver was allegedly seen traveling in the opposite direction of traffic along southbound Garden State Parkway close to milepost 51. When a trooper left the station to look for the driver, the accused woman was spotted entering the parking lot of the station from the southbound lanes.
According to investigators, the woman is believed to have been driving northbound in the Atlantic City Service Area when she entered southbound Garden State Parkway. There were no reports about a collision, and it is unclear whether police observed any physical indicators of intoxication when they approached the accused woman.
A person who refuses to take a breath test may face certain penalties such as an automatic suspension of their driver’s license. Nevertheless, the prosecution’s lack of physical evidence to prove that the driver was intoxicated could work in the driver’s favor. A criminal defense attorney might assist a defendant in this situation by arguing that the prosecution does not have compelling evidence to show that the driver’s blood-alcohol level was over the legal limit.
Source: CBS Philly, “Cops: Woman suspected of DWI drives wrong-way on NJ Turnpike, crashes at police station”, October 14, 2014