The penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol can be severe and may include hefty fines and possible jail time. Sometimes, courts recommend suspension of driving privileges and mandate those convicted of such offenses to attend alcohol education programs. In New Jersey and in every other state, those caught drunk driving can expect harsh penalties.

On Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, a suspected drunk driver slammed into a utility pole, closing a major roadway down for the day. On the corner of East Madison Avenue and Chestnut, a utility pole sustained severe damage to its bottom half because of the collision. Tense moments arose when a local electric company truck drove into low hanging wires. There were reports of the pole and wires bouncing and swaying for several minutes. Authorities recommended that residents use other avenues while repairs were underway.

Dumont police claim a 50-year-old man hit the pole in his vehicle at 1 a.m. that morning. The accident caused over 1000 residents to lose power. The man continued driving about 75 feet up the block and sideswiped another utility pole. Police were on the scene and could locate the suspect by following a fluid trail from his car. Allegedly, he submitted to an alcohol test and failed. 

Drunk driving is a serious offense in New Jersey. If someone is accused of driving while intoxicated, he or she may want to seek legal counsel from a diligent criminal law attorney. A seasoned lawyer well versed in DUI/DWI laws can examine the evidence and prepare the best defense possible to ensure a client’s rights are protected.

Source:, “Accident shuts portion of Dumont’s East Madison Avenue, drunk driving suspected as cause”, Kaitlyn Kanzler, Oct 26, 2017