A 36-year-old Flemington man was taken into custody following a serious accident that damaged three different vehicles on Oct. 16. The New Jersey man allegedly attempted to disguise himself as a passenger in one of the vehicles before being apprehended. The man faces multiple charges, including DUI and related infractions. The investigation is still underway, and police have asked for the support of the community in determining the specifics of the accident.
What reportedly took place at the scene?
According to the current report, it appears a crash involving three cars was reported on Main Street, though the details of the crash were not mentioned. When police arrived, they found the 35-year-old suspect in the back of one of the three vehicles. He told police he was a passenger and that the driver responsible for the crash had fled the scene before they arrived.
However, witness statements and video footage reviewed by officers apparently showed the suspected man had been driving when the crash took place. He was subsequently arrested and charged with DUI, failure to report a motor vehicle accident, hindering apprehension, reckless driving and multiple other charges. If he is found guilty, he could lose his license, be required to pay fines or even spend time in jail.
Everyone has rights when facing these charges
DUI charges are not always easy to prove, and in this situation, it will be incumbent upon New Jersey prosecutors to prove beyond reasonable doubt the man was intoxicated at the time of the crash. This will require evidence to be presented in the form of breath or blood testing, though neither of these represents infallible proof of intoxication. The complexity of such cases is a primary reason why the accused man will be represented by a criminal defense attorney in court.