Police in Hopatcong New Jersey arrested a woman accused of driving while intoxicated (DWI) and at three times the legal limit.
The Hopatcong Police Department received a call from a driver reporting the suspect for driving erratically on the road in Landing and Hopatcong, New Jersey. According to the concerned motorist, the suspect “was all over the road.”
Police officers were sent to the Hopatcong Quick Chek, where the suspect had temporarily stopped her vehicle. The officers managed to quickly locate the suspect, who lives in Hopatcong, NJ.
The officers spoke with the 45-year-old suspect and determined that she had been drinking alcohol.
The suspect was asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests, which she reportedly failed.
The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) and reckless driving.
During a search of the suspect’s car, police reportedly found a half-empty bottle of vodka underneath the driver’s seat. As a result, the suspect was also charged with having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
If the suspect is convicted on the drunk driving charge, she could be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, even a first offense DWI can lead to driver’s license suspension and jail time.
After the suspect was arrested and processed, she was released to the custody of a friend.
A lieutenant with the Hopatcong Police Department praised the individual who contacted police in the first place, saying that the caller “may have saved her or someone else’s life.”
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Cops: Hopatcong Woman Charged with DWI Was Three Times Over Limit.”