On Nov. 9, A New Jersey mayor was accused of driving drunk after a traffic stop. While he was traveling along Route 130 at around 1 a.m., Lambertville Mayor David M. DelVecchio was pulled over by police in Mansfield. Police say that they learned DelVecchio had consumed alcohol prior to driving when they conducted an on-scene investigation. The 58-year-old man allegedly failed sobriety tests before he was taken into police custody.
As a result of the incident, the mayor was handed charges for DWI, failing to maintain lane and reckless driving. He was released on his own recognizance and scheduled to appear back in court on Dec. 11. According to DelVecchio's lawyer, two breath tests that were administered to DelVecchio at police headquarters registered .0 percent blood alcohol content.
DelVecchio is currently serving his eighth term as the mayor of Lambertville. He has also held the positions of president of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors and president of the New Jersey League of Municipalities. In early December, DelVecchio stated publicly that he thinking about running for state assembly.
A person who has received criminal charges for a drunk driving incident might want to consider seeking help from a criminal defense attorney. An attorney may be able to help a defendant to determine how best to plead to each charge that they are facing. When determining whether or not to plead innocent to DWI, the results from a breath test may be a critical factor in the decision. If test results do not support the allegations that were made by police, a defendant may be able to avoid prosecution.
Source: NJ.com, "Lambertville Mayor David DelVecchio arrested on DWI charge in Burlington County", Cristina Rojas, December 05, 2014