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Man charged with DUI after allegedly passing out in car

According to reports by the Riverdale Police Department, an allegedly drunk man dressed as an elf was found passed out behind the wheel of a car on Dec. 19. Officers reportedly responded to a call regarding a suspicious vehicle around 3:30 a.m. They claim they smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the man and his vehicle.

The man's car was allegedly turned on with the engine running, lights on and loud music playing. The man's gray van was reportedly parked in a Target parking lot located on Route 23. Officers claim that the 23-year-old Cedar Grove man failed sobriety tests after he was awakened. He apparently seemed confused about where he was, and officers allege he had an open can of beer inside his vehicle.

Officers cited the man for possessing an open container, driving while intoxicated and careless driving before releasing him with a summons to family members. Although the man reportedly submitted to a breathalyzer test, the results of that test have not been released.

Because of the potentially severe consequences like jail time and fines, a person accused of drunk driving might want to contact a lawyer for help during this time. A criminal defense lawyer may be able to mount a successful defense against the allegations on behalf of his or her client. A legal professional representing a defendant may also be able to negotiate with the assigned prosecutor in order to obtain a plea to a lesser offense or to a probationary sentence in lieu of jail.

Source: NJ.com, "Man dressed as elf charged with DWI", Kimberly Redmond, December 20, 2014

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