Port Authority police arrested a man accused of driving while intoxicated (DWI) and causing a DWI accident at Newark Liberty International Airport.
The alleged drunk driving accident occurred around 1:30 a.m. at the Newark airport. The 38-year-old suspect allegedly lost control of his rental car, a 2016 Nissan, and crashed it into an airport exit barrier.
Just before the accident, the suspect rented the vehicle from National Car Rental inside the Newark NJ airport.
When Port Authority police officers approached the suspect in the aftermath of the accident, he was reportedly having difficulty maintaining his balance. Additionally, the suspect’s breath allegedly smelled of alcohol.
A subsequent breath test reading of the suspect allegedly revealed in a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in excess .16 percent, which is twice the legal limit in NJ.
The suspect, who lives in Califon NJ, was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the DWI charges, he would be subject to significant penalties. Depending on whether the suspect has any prior DWI convictions, the penalties could include a lengthy suspension of his driving privileges in New Jersey, heavy fines, and jail time.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Drunk Man Slams Rental Car into Newark Airport Barrier, Police Said.”