A Haskell, New Jersey, woman, who police have accused of drunk driving, turned herself in hours after allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident. The 22-year-old woman admitted that she was operating the vehicle at the time of the accident, and police say an investigation uncovered evidence that she was driving drunk. The suspect should be aware of her legal rights since she now faces a drunk driving charge.
The accident occurred on state Route 4 near Queen Anne Road, just outside of Hackensack. Police say when they arrived on the scene they found an abandoned 2008 Honda Civic, which was heavily damaged in the accident. In addition, a 2012 Chrysler minivan was involved in the accident. Its two passengers sustained minor injuries. They received treatment for their injuries at Englewood Hospital.
The circumstances surrounding the accident are not known at this time. Perhaps the minivan may have actually been responsible?
Police searched for the driver, but did not find her until she turned herself in around three hours later. After she was arrested, police released the woman into the custody of a family member. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and multiple counts of assault by automobile.
It's unknown how police were able to determine three hours after the accident whether the woman was drunk at the time of the accident. She could possibly challenge that evidence, because it could be hard to prove if someone was drunk after any potential alcohol left his or her system.
If you have been charged with drunk driving or have been charged with causing a drunk driving accident, having a better understanding of your legal rights is important to protecting your future. An experienced attorney could help gather the necessary evidence to prove your innocence.
Source: NJ.com, "Police: DWI suspect in Teaneck crash fled vehicle, later turned herself in," S.P. Sullivan, Nov. 12, 2012