On behalf of Wallace Law posted in Drunk Driving Charges on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

It is suspected that a New Jersey policeman was driving while intoxicated in a recent incident. There were no other vehicles involved and the man did not have any passengers with him at the time. He has been suspended from official duty as the driving while intoxicated case is undergoing an internal affairs investigation.

A report on the incident said the 21-year-old officer was driving in the early morning hours when his truck went off the road onto a grass median. He reportedly hit several road and advertising signs that were located in the median area before coming to a stop. He was not on-duty at the time.

He was sent to a nearby hospital, where it was determined he had injured his head. Samples of his blood were taken at the hospital and toxicology reports are pending. It is not known whether he was given any field sobriety tests by officials who arrived on the scene.

Driving while intoxicated is a very serious offense in the state of New Jersey. If this young officer is convicted, the suspension could possibly become permanent, depending on the policy of his department. He will also have to pay fines, have his license suspended and endure other consequences. As with any case of this type, there are ways for him to fight the charge against him, no matter how dismal the situation may seem at first glance. An effective defense approach will carefully examine every phase of the incident to find a cause for possible dismissal or reduced charges and penalties.

Source: South Jersey Times, “Camden County police officer suspected of DWI in Cherry Hill crash“, Joe Green, June 24, 2014

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