Hopatcong NJ police recently arrested a woman who was allegedly driving while intoxicated (DWI) and at three times the legal limit.
According to officials, Hopatcong police received a call from another driver reporting the suspect for driving erratically in Landing and Hopatcong, New Jersey. The caller told police that the suspect “was all over the road.”
Police officers were dispatched to the Hopatcong Quick Chek, where the suspect had reportedly pulled over. The officers quickly located the suspect.
After speaking with the 45-year-old suspect, who lives in Hopatcong, police officers determined that she had been drinking alcohol.
The officers asked the suspect to perform a series of field sobriety tests. According to law enforcement, she failed to satisfactorily complete the field sobriety tests.
During a subsequent search of the suspect’s vehicle, police allegedly discovered a half-empty bottle of vodka underneath the driver’s seat.
The suspect has been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), reckless driving, and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
If the suspect is convicted on the DWI charge, she faces significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, even a first offense DWI can result in driver’s license suspension and potential jail time.
Sometime after being arrested and processed, the suspect was released to the custody of a friend.
The Hopatcong Police Department offered praise for the individual who contacted police in the first place. A lieutenant with the police department said that the caller “may have saved her or someone else’s life.”
For additional information about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Cops: Hopatcong Woman Charged with DWI Was Three Times Over Limit.”