New Jersey residents who follow the New York Jets may be alarmed to learn that one of the team's players was recently cited for DWI after driving the wrong way in the Lincoln Tunnel. Dylan Donahue, a 2017 fifth-round pick who just completed his rookie season, was charged with DWI and reckless driving while his passenger was charged with disorderly conduct.
On Feb. 26 at approximately 2 a.m., a Port Authority officer allegedly observed Donahue maneuver around traffic cones and proceed into the center tube. Moments later, the Dodge Charger Hellcat Donahue was driving collided head-on with a bus carrying 15 passengers. Four people were injured in the collision. The 25-year-old linebacker reportedly failed field sobriety tests and a breath test administered by police before being arrested. He is the second Jets player charged with reckless driving this off-season. Team officials have declined to comment pending resolution of the legal process.
Officers investigating potential DWI cases must follow strict procedures to avoid having cases dismissed. In this instance, the officer reportedly observed Donahue driving erratically even before the accident, which would have given probable cause to initiate a traffic stop whether a wreck happened or not. Although it is unknown whether Donahue sustained injuries, it is not uncommon for those involved in a crash to perform poorly on sobriety tests due to concussions or injuries to extremities that make balance and fine motor tasks more challenging.
DWI convictions can have serious consequences including loss of liberty, large fines, revocation of driving privileges, increased insurance costs and public embarrassment. The existence of any criminal conviction puts the accused at risk for failed background checks, which can limit employment or educational opportunities far into the future. Consulting a qualified criminal defense attorney may provide anyone accused of a crime with insight and guidance regarding their defense options during a difficult time in their lives.