Police in New Jersey report that they arrested a man after his vehicle jumped a curb and he became belligerent while in custody. The man has been charged with drunk driving, and he may also face additional charges for refusing a field Breathalyzer test, reckless and careless driving. It was reported that he allegedly asked police to shoot him.

On Oct. 9, law enforcement authorities responded to a report of an SUV that was traveling on a local roadway in Sussex County when it struck a light post.  It was determined that the SUV hit the curb and not the post. At a store in Hopatcong, police found a vehicle with damage to its front-end that matched the marks along the curb. The driver claimed the vehicle was a rental and had front-end damage when he picked it up.

The man allegedly told police he had been drinking at a local restaurant and at home. Authorities attempted a field sobriety test, but say the man was unsteady on his feet. After being taken into custody, he reportedly became agitated and refused a breath test. Supposedly, in his aggressive state, he asked that officers physically harm him. He was taken to Newton Medical Center.

In New Jersey and in every other state, drunk driving is a serious criminal charge. Everyone is innocent until — and only if — proven otherwise, and is entitled to present a defense to any formal accusations. Those accused of DWI and/or other criminal offenses have every right to consult with a criminal lawyer. An attorney in New Jersey who is experienced in handling drunk driving cases will evaluate the evidence and assess the circumstances to present the best defense.

Source: njherald.com, “Police: Suspect hits curb with Jeep; charged with drunk driving”, OCT. 24, 2017