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Woman charged for DWI after hitting stop sign

A 50-year-old New Jersey woman was charged for DWI and other traffic violations after she was involved in a one-car crash on Nov. 24. The alleged drunk driving incident began in Flemington at around 9 p.m. when police received a report about a driver who had collided with a stop sign. When a police officer arrived at the scene, he discovered a fallen stop sign and pieces of a broken headlight and tire.

Minutes after the stop sign collision, the accused woman was pulled over along Route 31 by a Raritan Township patrolman. The woman had apparently been driving her SUV with a flat front tire before she was stopped. After she was transported to police headquarters, the woman's blood alcohol level was found to be over the legal limit, and she received a DWI charge.

Police say that while searching for the woman's documents in her vehicle, an open bottle of vodka was found in the console. In addition to the charge for DWI, the woman was issued summonses for leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and reckless driving. She also faces counts for driving without insurance or registration.

A person who has been charged for DWI can sometimes have the violation reduced or dropped altogether. A criminal defense attorney might help a defendant to have their DWI charge mitigated by negotiating a plea deal with the prosecution. In some cases, a plea deal will involve the defendant's agreement to commit to participation in an alcohol or drug treatment program.

Source: NJ.com, "DWI charge follows Flemington crash and Raritan Township arrest", December 09, 2014

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