A traffic accident has led to serious criminal charges for a Morristown
woman. After colliding with a New Jersey State Police patrol car that
was parked on an area roadway, she was arrested under suspicion of DWI
and also charged with assault by auto. The matter remains under investigation,
but the preliminary information suggests that an existing traffic accident
may have been a factor in the second crash.
In the early morning hours of a recent Saturday, New Jersey State Troopers
were called to Route 287 to assist in clearing the roadway from an earlier
accident. One of the troopers was in his patrol car, which was positioned
within the roadway in an effort to alert drivers of the accident site
and avoid traffic back-ups at the scene. The trooper claims to have observed
a late model Jeep Wrangler approaching his position at a fast rate of
speed. Instead of trying to move his car or escape from the vehicle, he
choose to brace for impact.
The Jeep struck the rear of the patrol car, which led to back, elbow and
shoulder injuries to the trooper. Two other troopers were able to avoid
the crash by jumping over the highway's center barrier. There is no
word on whether the 29-year-old woman who was driving the Jeep was injured
in the accident.
The New Jersey woman was arrested under suspicion of DWI, but it is unclear
whether she submitted to any form of sobriety testing or breath analysis
while at the accident site. Because the accident led to injuries, she
has also been charged with three counts of assault by auto. As her case
moves forward, she will have the chance to present her side of the events
that led to the accident. The late hour, the presence of stopped and disabled
vehicles within the roadway and the lighting conditions at the existing
accident scene may all play a role in her criminal defense strategy.
Source: dailyrecord.com, "Police: Alleged drunk driver injures Hanover cop", William Westhoven, June 15, 2015