News sources in New Jersey report that alcohol is believed to be a factor
in an accident that left more than 640 Washington Borough residents without
power for approximately eight hours on Jan. 24. According to Washington
Township Police, speed and icy travel conditions also contributed to the
wreck that occurred at 7:45 a.m. Sources indicate that the incident involved
a single car and driver and that no injuries were reported following the crash.
The accident happened on Route 57 between North Prospect Street and Brass
Castle Road when an alleged drunk driver collided with a utility pole
near an auto body and towing business. This section of the road remained
closed until late afternoon while Jersey Central Power and Light crews
worked to clear down wires and transformers. The road was reopened and
power was restored to most residents at 3:55 p.m.
The 45-year-old driver who allegedly caused the crash is now facing charges
of careless driving and driving while intoxicated. Police indicate that
following the incident, the charged woman's blood alcohol content
level was .19 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit for driving
in New Jersey. There are few additional details available about this case
as of press time.
Intoxicated driving is a serious matter in this state, and a conviction
can have long-lasting repercussions, including loss of driving privileges,
inflated insurance rates and the requirement that an ignition interlock
device in be installed in the convicted individual's vehicle. In cases
like the one discussed here, it is possible that a driver could be found
liable for property damage and face a civil claim in addition to the criminal
drunk driving charges.
Drivers in Bergen County who find themselves charged with
DWI under similar circumstances may find it beneficial to seek advice from
a skilled attorney. The attorney could review the facts of the case and
identify deficiencies that could potentially lead to a reduction or dismissal
of the charges.
Source: NJ.com, "Drunk driver caused Saturday's power outage in Washington, police say," Emily Cummins, Jan. 26, 2015