It would seem that, at least for once, it may have been better to be arrested for drunken driving here in New Jersey than in another state. Now, we say this mostly with tongue firmly in check, since the defendant in a recent out-of-state drunken driving case happens to be a Zamboni driver who was working the ice for a peewee hockey game when he was picked up for DWI.
For this particular individual, maybe he should have been grooming a hockey arena in the Garden State instead of for the Apple Valley Parks and Rec Department in Minnesota. The reason? New Jersey has already set a “precedent” in cases pertaining to driving a Zamboni under the influence of alcohol (would that be “DZUI”?).
Seriously, as New Jersey DWI defense attorneys, we know it’s no joke when a motorist receives a summons for driving while intoxicated, operating a vehicle under the influence of prescription drugs (drug DUI), or refusing to take a breathalyzer test. All of these offenses carry with them strict penalties for the accused if a conviction is secured against a defendant. The important thing to understand is that when a driver is taken into custody and charged with impaired driving, the consequences, legal or otherwise, could be severe and long-lasting.