Garwood is a small borough in Union County that makes a large amount of DWI arrests throughout the year. This is in large part due to an aggressive police force that is constantly patrolling the mile long stretch of Route 28 that runs through the town. In fact, one of the latest DUI arrests was due to off-duty officer Lt. Samuel Rocco who saw a silver Saturn backing carelessly in traffic on the 100 block of Center Street and nearly hitting his personal vehicle. When the car headed east on the 300 block of Willow Avenue, Rocco notified Garwood Police headquarters and asked that a patrol car respond to make a motor vehicle stop.
Rocco followed the Saturn, thru Garwood as it allegedly continued to drive recklessly and, into Cranford, where it eventually pulled into the driveway of a residence. Imagine the driver’s shock when he exited his car in the driveway to find Garwood Police Officer Christopher Czachorowski waiting to conduct standardized field sobriety tests.
According to the investigation, the driver failed the field sobriety tests and became uncooperative (probably because he was being arrested for DWI only steps away from his front door). Subsequently, as the suspect was being placed under arrest for DWI, he began to resist arrest but was subdued without incident.
The man was transported to Garwood Police headquarters where he was processed and later refused to submit breath samples. Therefore he was charged with DWI, Refusal and other motor vehicle summonses. Moreover, he faces criminal charges for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. For more information on this story, you can read the original news article at nj.com
Based on the brief facts provided in the article, it appears that the defendant has some strong defenses including the Refusal charge while on private property as well as potential venue defenses because he was followed and arrested outside of Garwood. We all understand that sometimes it is hard to keep your cool when you’re intoxicated but as a rule of thumb it isn’t a good idea to give the cops any more excuses to throw on more charges – especially criminal offenses! It ultimately always backfires by costing you more time, money, and aggravation. Not to mention, it makes it much harder for your attorney to work out a favorable deal.