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New Jersey man charged with DWI after lawn crash


Hackettstown police officers charged a 43-year-old Independence man with driving while intoxicated after he reportedly crashed into the lawn of a closed-down White Castle restaurant on March 1. The accident reportedly happened around 7:49 p.m.

Officers stated that in the accident report that, upon arriving, they found the man removing snow around his vehicle with the help of another. The man allegedly told officers that another driver had been following him too closely and, in an attempt to get away from the other driver, the man had tried to pull into what he thought was the driveway. The man apparently missed the driveway and instead jumped over a curb, crashing into a snowbank.

Responding officers stated they smelled the odor of alcohol while the man was talking to them. The man reportedly failed sobriety tests administered by the officers. The man was transported to police headquarters, where he apparently submitted to a breath test. According to reports, his his blood alcohol concentration level was .21 percent, well above the legal limit for driving. He is now facing charges of reckless driving, DWI and careless driving.

People who are charged with a DWI may have defenses available to them even if they initially think the case is an open-and-shut one. A criminal defense attorney may be more familiar with recent cases that impact the defense. Those who have been charged may thus want to seek the help of a criminal defense attorney as they may be able to identify the defenses available given the individual situation presented. An attorney may also be able to secure a plea to a lesser offense than that charged in a case.

Source:, "Crash at former White Castle leads to DWI charge in Hackettstown," Emily Cummins, March 2, 2015

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