A local politician in New Jersey is facing drunk driving charges after a police officer pulled him over on Nov. 9. Reports did not indicate the amount of alcohol the man, who is currently serving his eighth term as the mayor of Lambertville, allegedly drank before driving.
The traffic stop occurred just after 1 a.m. on Route 130 in Mansfield. The officer who initiated the traffic stop asked the 58-year-old man to perform field sobriety tests, which he reportedly did poorly on. Police took the man into custody and charged him with DWI, reckless driving and failing to maintain his lane. A court appearance was scheduled for Dec. 11. Police released the man to an unnamed third party after the charges were filed.
According to the mayor's attorney, the man submitted breath samples for two separate breath alcohol tests while he was in custody at police headquarters. The results of both of those tests indicated that the man's blood alcohol content was 0.0 percent.
Many DWI arrests are predicated upon the accused person failing one or more field sobriety tests. However, these tests are frequently unreliable, particularly if the person performing the tasks has a medical condition that would affect their balance.
Many people facing DWI charges fear the effect that a conviction could have on their careers. While the penalties for first-offense DWI may focus on preventing future offenses, DWI charges remain on the accused person's record even if the charges are dismissed. A criminal defense attorney could advocate for a person accused of DWI. In some cases, it may be possible for an attorney to get a client's record expunged so that past DWI charges do not remain public.
Source: NJ.com, "Lambertville Mayor David DelVecchio arrested on DWI charge in Burlington County", Cristina Rojas, December 05, 2014