On Feb. 4, a man crossed the center line of a divided New Jersey highway, drove off the other side of the road and crashed into a tree. Police at the scene said the man appeared disoriented. Galloway police charged the man with a DWI offense. Although no one was injured at the scene, recovering the man's car disrupted traffic for over 45 minutes.
It was reported that the driver of a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt was traveling in a southerly direction on Route 9 when he allegedly crossed the divider and was then facing oncoming traffic before colliding with a tree off of the road and stopping. He was assessed at the scene before being transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center where he received further treatment for his undisclosed injuries. After being charged with driving while intoxicated, he was released from custody. His court date is pending at this time.
It is unknown what transpired at the time of the accident that resulted in the issuance of DWI charges. While the police report indicated that the man was "disoriented", it could very well have been due to a sudden medical condition that had nothing to do with driving while impaired.
Those who find themselves facing a similar situation are best advised to enlist the assistance of a criminal defense attorney who has experience in representing those charged with impaired driving. If the charges are based upon roadside sobriety tests or the results of a Breathalyzer, for example, there are several ways that they can be successfully challenged. In some cases, the attorney can move to have evidence excluded, with the possibility of having the charges reduced or dropped altogther.
Source: Galloway Patch, "Man charged with DWI after hitting a tree in Galloway", Anthony Bellano, Feb. 4, 2015