On March 4, a man in New Jersey was accused of driving while impaired after he crashed into a tractor-trailer on the highway. The incident took place in Hanover around 2:14 p.m. when the accused man was driving a pickup truck northbound on Route 287. When troopers arrived at the scene, they learned that the pickup truck driver had hit the tractor-trailer multiple times.
Neither of the drivers involved in the alleged DWI incident suffered any injuries. However, troopers noticed that the 31-year-old pickup truck driver was displaying some physical signs of impairment. A search of his pickup truck led to the discovery of some prescription pills as well as a straw with possible drug residue.
The man was taken into custody at the scene and handed two criminal charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and DWI. A police report from the incident did not contain any information indicating whether the man had a valid prescription for the pills that were found in his vehicle.
In similar cases, a driver might receive reduced charges if they were under the influence of drugs that were legally prescribed by a doctor. A defendant might have a DWI charge dropped by explaining that they had not received a proper warning from their doctor about how the drugs may affect their driving abilities. If pills were found with no valid prescription, a defendant may be able to reach a plea deal by agreeing to seek treatment for a chemical dependency.
Source: NJ.com, "Truck driver charged with DWI, drug paraphernalia after Route 287 crash into tractor-trailer," Justin Zaremba, March 5, 2015