On Dec. 11, a New Jersey court dismissed drunk driving charges that were
filed against a municipal politician in relation to a traffic stop that
occurred on Nov. 9. The accused man, the long-time mayor of Lambertville,
pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless driving in Mansfield Municipal
Court on Dec. 11.
Officers from Mansfield Police Department accused the man of driving while
intoxicated, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane when they stopped
him on Route 130 in Mansfield shortly after 1 a.m. Police reports indicated
the man failed field sobriety tests, although two separate breath alcohol
tests at the police department showed that no alcohol remained in his
body. The reports also noted that the man was polite and cooperated with
officers as they processed the charges.
The man, 58, said that although he had been drinking on the night of the
traffic stop, he had only had a few drinks over a number of hours. He
later admitted in court that he swerved out of the lane he was driving
in on Route 130 before the traffic stop. His defense attorney said that
the mayor chose to accept the plea deal to the lesser charge of reckless
driving in order to resolve the matter quickly. He paid $238 in fines
and court costs before leaving court that day.
Field sobriety tests are often inadmissible in court because people may
fail them even when they have no alcohol in their system. People with
mobility problems, trouble balancing or certain medical conditions may
perform poorly on a sobriety test. Drivers accused of driving drunk may
have trouble challenging
DWIcharges on their own even if breath alcohol tests indicate a negligible
blood alcohol content. DWI defense attorneys may be able to help drivers
fight charges in court or negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors.
Source: NJ.com, "Lambertville Mayor David DelVecchio has DWI charge dismissed, admists reckless driving", Keith Brown, December 11, 2014