A 35-year-old man is facing the potential loss of his license and his freedom after a serious accident in Flemington damaged three vehicles. The man, who is the subject of the ongoing New Jersey police investigation, is believed to have attempted to pose as a passenger in one of the vehicles when officers arrived. He faces DWI charges as well as related charges for his alleged role in the crash.
What the authorities reported
According to the report, it appears that a three-car accident was reported on Main Street in Flemington on Oct. 16, to which local police responded. When they arrived, they found the suspected man in the back seat of one of the damaged vehicles. The man reportedly told officers the driver responsible for the accident had fled the scene on foot after the crash.
Police did not believe the man, and he was arrested for driving under the influence. It is not clear whether police conducted breath or blood testing to corroborate this charge. He also faces secondary charges, including driving without a license, failure to report an accident, reckless driving and refusal to submit to a breath test. It is unclear whether he remains in police custody at this time.
Moving forward when facing DWI charges
New Jersey authorities will have to prove the man’s alleged intoxication in order to convict him on the DWI charge. This means presenting compelling evidence of the man’s intoxicated state, for which the prosecution may turn to any testing conducted by police. However, any such evidence will be carefully scrutinized by the suspected man’s criminal defense attorney in advance of the court date as part of building an effective defense against the charges.