Well that didn’t take long.
After the new Goethals Bridge opened in early June, replacing the old bridge in connecting New Jersey to Staten Island, it took just days for police in the vicinity to arrest a man for driving drunk – and in the wrong direction – from the bridge.
The arrest happened on the New York side of the bridge, where a 26-year-old Hazlet, New Jersey, man was driving eastbound in the westbound lane on Goethals Road around 4:00 on Sunday morning.
The car was weaving as well, and when police pulled the vehicle over, the driver was unable to perform field sobriety tests after he nearly fell down.
After refusing a breathalyzer test, he was arrested and taken to headquarters for processing.
Just because he was arrested in another state doesn’t mean the driver will suffer no hardships when he comes home.
Because of reciprocity agreements made with most other states, punishments you receive while traveling follow you back to New Jersey, and after conviction elsewhere, you’re likely to receive a letter informing you that your New Jersey driver’s license is suspended.
There are ways to fight this, and it’s always worthwhile to sit down with an experienced New Jersey DWI lawyer to talk about your options when facing sanction at home for decisions made across a state border.
If you’re facing DWI penalties from out of state, call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9660 for a free consultation with an experienced DWI defense lawyer.