A 56-year-old New Jersey man is facing charges of driving while intoxicated after an accident in which his daughter, who was a passenger in the car, was injured. The daughter required medical treatment bus has since been released from the hospital.
The accident occurred early Monday morning when the driver apparently failed to properly negotiate an intersection and ended up colliding with a house.
According to local news reports this was a ‘T’ type intersection which would require a driver to make either a right or left turn. At the time of the accident the driver reportedly told police that his navigation system had failed to instruct him to turn at the intersection. Law enforcement officials say that they later discovered evidence that the GPS system did not fail to instruct him to turn.
Police investigating the incident believe that the driver had just left a nearby social gathering. The police took blood samples from the driver and filed the drunk driving charges after the results came back from the New Jersey state Patrol lab as having an alcohol concentration above the 0.08% legal limit.
The charges in this case are likely to be enhanced because the accident took place within 1,000 feet of a grade school. In addition to the reckless driving and driving while intoxicated charges, the driver also faces counts of assault by automobile and child endangerment.
Penalties for driving while intoxicated in New Jersey are already severe. In cases where there have been injuries or there are other factors, such as the proximity to a school, these already severe penalties can quickly increase.
Source: CentralJersey.com “Bedminster man charged with injuring daughter in DWI crash” Joshua Burd, July 12, 2011