Tag: Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
Drunk Driving Testimony in New Jersey
If you feel you have been unfairly charged with drunk driving, then read on. Police in Bayonne, New Jersey, recently charged a gentleman with drunk driving and other offenses. News reports indicate the cops saw the gentleman running red lights and driving erratically. Moreover, the cops claim they determined during the stop that he had been drinking. But the news did not disclose what the cops observed during the stop to form a belief about his intoxication. This matters! Despite this omission, however, the cops charged him with driving while intoxicated. Read More
Walk and Turn Test for Drunk Driving
In November 2016, two New Jersey State Troopers found a gentleman asleep in the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle. Indeed, news reports indicate the police found the gentleman slouched over and sleeping. Meanwhile, the hazard lights blinked in the parked car on the shoulder of a highway in Teaneck. The gentleman woke up after about three minutes. And he allegedly activated the brake lights and the rear windshield wipers as the troopers asked him to turn off the car. Police also alleged the presence of a strong odor of alcohol when the gentleman opened the window. After ordering the gentleman to exit the vehicle, the troopers performed standardized field sobriety tests. Read More
One-Leg Stand Test
Nystagmus Test Procedures
An Elizabeth, NJ, cop recently admitted to causing the death of a motorcyclist while driving drunk last Halloween. The officer admitted in court to drinking at a bar in Roselle, NJ, before the crash, per the news. While operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol, he caused a collision with the motorcycle. A police narrative alleges he left the accident scene after giving police his credentials, per nj dot com. Court documents further allege he prevented police from searching his vehicle, per the news.
The officer pleaded guilty to third degree strict liability vehicular homicide, fourth degree tampering with physical evidence, and driving while intoxicated, per the news. Read More
Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus
Jersey City cops recently responded to the scene of a one-car crash, per the news. The cops claim a 30-year-old motorist drove his car up a sidewalk and into the corner of a building. They observed the motor vehicle on the sidewalk of the intersection, with the front end of the vehicle resting against a building.
But the cops did not witness the accident take place. In addition, there is nothing in the news report to indicate they have surveillance videos. Furthermore, the news does not indicate the extent of the damage either to the vehicle or the building. Indeed, the news indicates the police conducted only a brief investigation. And the news does not indicate whether the police conducted standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs). Read More