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Acquittal of NJ State Trooper who wrecked his car and had alcohol on his breath
 

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On July 27, 2012, the Press of Atlantic City reported on Jason Dare, a New Jersey State Trooper, being acquitted of drunk driving and refusal to take an Alcotest after an early morning, single car crash in Hamilton Township, Atlantic County. The article is on-line here. I requested records regarding the incident from the Hamilton Police and Municipal Court and placed the following records on-line: Motor Vehicle Crash Report Summonses issued--\"not guilty\" verdicts entered for each. Captain Petuskey\'s Incident Report Sergeant Gehring\'s Incident Report Officer Esposito\'s Incident Report Officer Lee\'s Incident Report Officer Rudolph\'s Incident Report According to Gehring\'s report, Dare\'s brother, Nicholas, serves as a Hamilton Township Officer. Also, Gehring reports that Dare used profanity, slurred his words and had a \"strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.\" According to Petuskey\'s report, he had telephoned Hamilton Township municipal Judge H. Robert Switzer, who told Petuskey that he could not forcibly take blood from Dare at the hospital. While it\'s not entirely clear, Switzer\'s decision appears to find some support in the New Jersey Supreme Court\'s 2001 Decision in State v. Ravotto, 169 N.J. 227, which is on-line here. John Paff, Chairman New Jersey Libertarian Party\'s Police Accountability Project

 

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New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project: Acquittal of NJ State Trooper who wrecked his car and had alcohol on his breath. August 01, 2012.
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