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Driver who crashes into tree and flees ends up facing DUI charges


During the recent storm that left the East Coast with subfreezing weather and a blanket of snow, a 37-year-old Denville Township man was charged with driving while intoxicated and several other criminal behaviors after he allegedly crashed his vehicle into a tree and fled the scene of the accident. An employee of the Department of Public Works who had been plowing the township's snow-covered roads when he saw the crash called police. When they arrived at the scene, the car was gone.

Deville police later found the vehicle and arrested the driver on charges of failing to report an accident, failing to maintain his position within a lane, fleeing the scene of an accident, failure to observe a traffic control device, careless driving, reckless driving and breath test refusal.

Drunk driving is a serious offense in New Jersey as everywhere else in the country. To preventdrunk driving accidents, authorities are always on the lookout for suspicious driving.

In this case, the driver's refusal to take a breath test will probably lead to the suspension of his driver's license. His refusal, however, could give him a better chance of challenging the prosecution in a court trial because authorities will only be able to use their observations as evidence.

Time is of the essence in drunk driving cases. Once a driver is arrested for driving under the influence, he or she should immediately explore ways to have the case dismissed or the charges reduced. One way to do that is to establish a strong defense with the help of an experienced legal advocate who has handled numerous DUI cases.

With the help of a legal professional, a person accused of DUI can more easily contest police allegations than acting alone. Competent defense can challenge evidence and also negotiate with prosecutors to get charges reduced.

Source:, "Denville man charged with drunk driving during Friday's storm," Jan. 8, 2014

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