Three friends in New Jersey are up to face the courts after police arrested them for driving under the influence. The chain of DUI arrests occurred when a woman called two other friends to fetch her from the police station.
Police arrested the 34-year-old woman after an officer spotted her car swerving on Route 22 in Readington Township, N.J.. The policeman had her perform field sobriety tests, which she failed, according to the officer. She was taken to the station for processing and charged with several traffic violations including a DUI. She then called a friend to come over the station for a ride.
When the 23-year-old female friend arrived, an officer explained the potential liability form to her but noticed that she showed signs of intoxication. She also took field sobriety tests and allegedly failed. Police searched her purse and recovered Vicodin. She is facing a DUI and drug crimes.
The women called a male friend for a ride but he had the same fate. The officer allegedly noticed that he smelled like alcohol and failed the sobriety tests. Police cited him for drunk driving. Police released the three to a forth friend, a sober adult, and the three are set to appear in court in January.
New Jersey does not tolerate drunk driving. Prosecutors often give offenders a strict because DUI can risk public's safety. A person charged with a DUI faces license suspension and other penalties. If there are injuries, repeat offenses and high blood alcohol content, it is likely charges will escalate, resulting in graver penalties, including a prison term, probation and fines. Additionally, a DUI record can affect employment and insurance cost.
A person charged with a crime, such as drunk driving, needs a good defense strategy. Although a DUI offense may seem minor, its implications and possible convictions are serious.
Source: The Huffington Post, "2 Friends Get DUIs Picking Up New Jersey Friend Busted For DUI," Dec. 25, 2013