Just about any New Jersey resident convicted of a DWI knows how damaging a conviction can be, especially to those residents who have caused injury or death to another due to their offense. License suspension, heavy fines, jail time, ignition interlock system and many other consequences are all part of what offenders can face. Recently, a New Jersey woman was arrested on DWI charges after vomiting at the police station and falling asleep during a breathalyzer test.
The incident occurred when an officer noticed a slow-moving vehicle swerve through traffic lanes in the early hours of the morning. The officer pulled over the 34-year-old woman, who exhibited signs of impairment. The woman allegedly failed several roadside sobriety tests and was taken into custody. At the police headquarters, the woman apparently failed to take a breathalyzer test because she kept vomiting and puking. She then was taken to a nearby hospital in order to determine her blood alcohol level. The woman now faces charges of driving while intoxicated, failure to maintain lane, delaying traffic and careless driving.
In the state of New Jersey, if an individual is arrested for DWI, he or she is required to take a breath test. If the individual refuses or is otherwise unable to take the test, he or she is taken to a hospital where a blood sample is taken in order to determine his or her BAC level. Individuals who must be taken to the hospital for testing often face harsher penalties than normal. When pulled over for DWI, it is important for every New Jersey resident to know his or her rights. First-time offenders can often face license suspension for several months and even face jail time.
Any New Jersey resident who is charged with a DWI is strongly encouraged to seek assistance, as a DWI conviction can cause lifetime damages if not handled properly.
Source: NJ.com, “Woman fall asleep, vomits after arrest on DWI charge, Pequannock cops say,” Justin Zaremba, March 22, 2013