Garwood – Driver Charged with DWI After Crashing into Cop Car

Garwood – Driver Charged with DWI After Crashing into Cop Car >

Date Published: 2020/03/11

A driver was charged with DWI after his vehicle crashed into a Garwood police while the driver was completely intoxicated.

27 year-old Johnathan E. Williams from Newark was charged with DWI in the Feb 22 crash that occurred at around 1:15 a.m. Garwood Police Officer Roberto Camporeale was on Walnut Street responding to a dispute when his police car was rear-ended by a blue Jeep Patriot driven by Williams.

Williams – who sustained minor injuries from the crash – submitted samples of his breath for testing, with his blood alcohol levels showing around 0.16 percent. Williams was issued several summons including DWI, disregard of traffic signals, improper passing, and careless driving.

We are glad no one was seriously hurt in this crash. We hope the driver learns his lesson and is more responsible on the road next time.

Vehicular Accidents

Vehicular crashes are one of the most common causes of injuries and fatalities in the state of New Jersey. In a report published by the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accidents Investigation Unit, there were 591 recorded fatal crashes that occurred in 2017, which caused 624 fatalities.

In 158 of the 591 crashes, Driving While Intoxicated (alcohol and/or drugs) was listed as the major contributing factor. There were 174 people killed as a result of these 158 crashes. Speeding was another major contributing factor to these crashes being listed as a factor in 61 of the crashes. Driving while distracted seems to be the biggest factor as it was listed as a cause for 196 crashes.

We urge drivers to observe and follow the laws while driving, and to remain focused while driving so that they can react accordingly to situations that may suddenly pop up on the roadway. Drivers should be more careful when driving while visibility is low, and they should also check their car before going on the roadway. Being more diligent and prepared can help lessen accidents on the roads of New Jersey.

Written by: Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers
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