One man has been paid $35,000 after he sued the borough because of a false drinking and driving accusation. The man’s suit showed that he had been falsely accused of the DUI charge back in 2014, after the police in Manasquan, New Jersey made the arrest. He filed in 2015, citing violations of his civil rights, malicious prosecution, and false arrest. 

According to the borough’s attorney, they agreed to the terms as a way to settle a business matter. The man’s suit named the borough’s police chief, mayor, and detective as defendants. The settlement and documents from the case were published online.

The man claimed that he was cleaning out his vehicle in a parking lot when he was approached by police. He explained to the officers that he was removing trash from Dunkin Donuts, but the officer asked him how many beers he had drunk. When he told the officer that he’d been sober for 20 years, the officer stated that he smelled alcohol, and then walked over to look in the dumpster nearby.

The officer allegedly found an empty beer can in the trash and claimed that a witness had seen the man place it there. The man was given a field sobriety test and told that he failed. He was given a breathalyzer test that showed his blood alcohol level was 0.00 percent, but he was still arrested and charged with careless and drunken driving. He was also charged with failing to provide proof of insurance and registration but explained that the officer made him get out of his car before he could produce them.

The New Jersey man won his case for false DUI arrest and was paid $35,000. Anyone who has been falsely arrested for a crime may choose to speak with a criminal law attorney. This lawyer can guide the victim in the best way to proceed in his or her case.

Source:, “Manasquan pays $35K to Farmingdale man to settle claim of false DUI arrest”, Kathleen Hopkins, Aug 1, 2017