New Jersey readers may be aware of media coverage surrounding the recent
arrest of a woman police believe was on the verge of crashing into people
gathered to watch a Memorial Day parade. The case has received a high
volume of attention, due to the fact that authorities claim that the actions
taken by police saved numerous lives. As for the woman arrested in the
matter, she now faces serious drunk driving charges and will have a chance
to present her side of the story in a court of law.
The incident took place during the annual Memorial Day parade in Rochelle
Park. Parade participants, honored guests, pedestrians and other drivers
were in the area when police noticed a woman approaching the parade route.
Police assert that they made efforts to get the driver to stop but that
she continued on her route of travel until an officer placed his vehicle
directly in her path.
A minor collision took place, and the woman exited her car and began to
interact with officers. At that point, they began to suspect that she
was driving under the influence of alcohol. A search of her vehicle allegedly
led to the discovery of an open bottle of vodka. The woman submitted to
field sobriety testing and was subsequently arrested.
As this case moves forward, the prosecution may focus on the proximity
of the driver to people gathered to attend or participate within the parade.
That said, the driver did not actually strike any individual or vehicle
other than the police car that was intentionally placed in her direction
of travel. In making her case to the court, her defense against the drunk
driving charges will likely ask the New Jersey court to focus on the facts
of the case and not what might have occurred had police not intervened.
Source: 7online.com, "New Jersey police officer stops alleged drunk driver from plowing into
Memorial Day parade", Anthony Johnson, May 26, 2015