Local police say that a crash over the weekend caused by a drunk driver injured two people in Budd Lake. Police responded to the scene of the accident around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday morning and found one of the drivers to be intoxicated, according to reports. The driver of the other vehicle and a passenger were taken to a local hospital for treatment. The suspect performed field sobriety tests at the scene and then was taken to the station to submit to a chemical breath test. The defendant was ultimately charged with assault by auto, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane, and driving an uninsured vehicle. For additional information, please see the NJ.com article entitled, “Drunk driver injures two in Budd Lake crash, cops say”.
It doesn’t appear from the article that the driver was charged with drunk driving (DWI). This means that the driver’s blood alcohol content (known as “BAC”) was below the legal limit of .08%. However, being under the influence of any alcohol and getting into an accident can justify a charge of reckless driving and assault by auto. It depends on the other details of the crash and the circumstances surrounding the accident.