New Year's Eve is one of the most celebrated nights of the entire year. Those celebrations often include the consumption of alcohol, so with that in mind police forces are usually fully staffed that night to deal with the elevated number of intoxicated drivers and resulting accidents. The number of drunk driving arrests is higher on New Year's Eve than most nights of the year. One New Jersey man never got to see the ball drop because he was arrested for drunk driving about three hours earlier after reportedly blocking traffic with his vehicle.
The local police department received complaints of a vehicle stopped in the road and blocking traffic around 8:20 that evening. When an officer arrived at the scene, he reportedly found a man sitting in his SUV in the travel lane. Upon interacting with the man, the policeman says he suspected he had been drinking. The responding officer administered a variety of field sobriety tests, which he claimed the man failed. The officer then arrested him.
At police headquarters the man reportedly refused to submit to a breath test. He was charged with a variety of offenses including DWI, DWI in a school zone, refusal to submit a breath test, careless driving, obstructing the flow of traffic, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and failure to obtain a New Jersey license and register a vehicle after 60 day touring privileges. He was held for a few hours and then released.
It's a shame when one of the most joyful days that only comes once a year is marred with an experience such as this. The charges the man is facing can have significant ramifications. For him, the new year will start out with court dates, possibly fines and potential jail time. The best course of action for someone facing drunk driving charges is to obtain the assistance of an experienced New Jersey attorney. With the help of a knowledgeable attorney, the accused can construct a formidable defense, confronting any evidence the prosecution may bring and working toward the best outcome possible.