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New Jersey funds DWI patrols

A statement from the Hudson County Sheriff's Office attributed the arrest of an intoxicated driver with a loaded handgun to additional funding from the state. Since Jan. 1, a grant from the Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund has enabled the sheriff to increase DWI patrols. The grant pays for overtime and allows the law enforcement agency to have more patrol cars roving the area on the weekends. The sheriff said that the increased funding had already resulted in six additional drunk driving arrests and the capture of three people with outstanding warrants.

The out-of-state man arrested in Jersey City by one of the roving patrols nearly hit a parked sheriff's office patrol car before deputies pulled him over. The police report described his eyes as bloodshot when they stopped his black Nissan Pathfinder on Kennedy Boulevard.

The man could not pass a sobriety test. Deputies also found a loaded weapon in a backpack on the front passenger seat of his vehicle. He now faces charges of DWI and careless driving as well as a weapons violation.

A person dealing with multiple criminal charges could end up with a harsh sentence if convictions result for every charge related to accusations of drunk driving. A case evaluation by a Hackensack, New Jersey, DUI defense attorney could inform a person about strategies for protecting rights and limiting or avoiding jail time. An attorney might detect problems with law enforcement officers' performance of a sobriety test or search and seizure. These findings could lead to a reduction or dismissal of one or more of the charges.

Source: NJ, "N.Y. man charged with DWI, then officers find loaded gun in car: sheriff", Aya Elamroussi, Feb. 13, 2019

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