Not all drunk driving arrests result from drinking.
For one Pennsylvania man, it was allegedly being high on marijuana that prompted his arrest for driving while intoxicated.
On October 29, Hackettstown police stopped a vehicle on Route 182 for a run-of-the-mill moving violation.
However, when the officer approached the car and began talking to the driver, he noted a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside.
A subsequent search revealed that the driver, Gregory Hatcher of Downington, Pennsylvania, was in possession of a glass pipe appropriate for smoking marijuana, three joints, and a plastic baggie containing what police believe is marijuana residue.
Hatcher, 43, has been charged with DWI, expired registration, maintenance of lamps, possession of paraphernalia, possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, and driving under the influence of marijuana in NJ.
All in all, it was a bad night for Hatcher, who will likely be dealing with legal headaches for months to come.
If convicted, he may face jail time and will certainly lose his license and pay stiff fines for the misadventure.
Even in seemingly open and shut cases, there are defense strategies to be explored that can minimize your risk of serious consequences stemming from a traffic stop.
An experienced New Jersey DWI defense lawyer can make a big difference in your case.
Call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9660 and talk to a lawyer for free.