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Woman accused of DUI, causing power outage

Washington Township Police officials reported that an allegedly drunk woman hit a light pole and caused a power outage on Jan. 24. The accident reportedly happened around 7:45 a.m. on Route 57 near Stew's Auto Body and Towing.

Reportedly, the woman struck the utility pole with her car. The roads were icy at the time. Officers indicated that the woman was also allegedly intoxicated and that her blood alcohol concentration measured at .19 percent, more than twice the legal limit. According to police, the accident was caused by a combination of the ice as well as the woman's intoxication.

The 45-year-old Washington Borough woman was charged with DWI and careless driving. She was apparently unhurt in the accident. Route 57 was closed for eight hours in both directions while utility workers worked to restore power to 640 homes. The power outage reportedly resulted from the collision.

People who are accused of driving while intoxicated face potentially serious penalties, especially when they also have a high blood alcohol concentration at the time of the offense. If a person is has also caused property damage, he or she may be ordered to pay restitution to cover the damages in addition to any ordered incarceration, fines and treatment. Even if a case appears straightforward, it still is often possible to mount a strong defensive strategy. A criminal defense attorney may be able to present mitigating information to the prosecutor in order to secure a favorable plea for his or her client. In some cases, an attorney may review the results of any blood or breath analysis to determine if testing errors were made and then challenge them. People who are accused of driving while intoxicated may thus want to consult with a criminal defense attorney as soon after being charged with the offense as possible.

Source: NJ.com, "Drunk driver caused Saturday's power outage in Washington, police say," Emily Cummins, Jan. 26, 2015

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