The main priority of the officer that pulls someone over for DUI is to get them off the street before they injure property or other people. If the police feel that you are a public danger behind the wheel, they will do whatever they can legally to get you off the road. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your position is, as one South Jersey mayor found out.
Dash cam video from a recent arrest shows that the mayor of Paulsboro, NJ was arrested for DUI and reckless driving. The mayor was pulled over around 12:30 AM after a 911 call reported an erratic driver that drove through a red light. The police say that the mayor showed signs of intoxication, including slurred speech and difficulty finding his license and registration.
He was administered three field sobriety tests, which he failed. The mayor told the police officers to call the mayor of the town the officers had jurisdiction in, saying that they were “buddies”. Instead, he was arrested and taken into custody.
What this means for the mayor remains to be seen, but we do know that he is subject to the same penalties as any other person charged with DUI. If you’ve been charged with DUI in the State of Pennsylvania, you are up against fines, possible jail time, points on your driving record, and even license suspension. All of these have a very negative impact on someone’s ability to live a normal life.
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