19-year-old Ayomide Akinboye of Middlesex County was recently arrested on DUI charges after he was pulled over by the Port Authority Police for driving erratically in the wrong direction in the westbound lanes of 14th Street outside the Holland Tunnel. As per an NJ.com report, Akinboye has been charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, and driving in the wrong direction on a one way street.
Akinboye, who was driving a 2014 Nissan Rogue, appeared to be disoriented while the investigating officer detected a strong odor of alcohol when he rolled down his window. He failed a field sobriety test following which he was arrested and his vehicle impounded.
According to Middlesex County DUI attorneys, first time DUI offenders face up to 30 days in prison and fines between $300 and $500 in addition to other fees. They will also have their driver’s license suspended for 7 months up to 1 year and may be ordered to install an ignition interlocking device in their vehicle at their own cost once they have their driving privileges restored.
Attorney General’s Office assures full compliance with defense attorney’s request in Linden officer’s 2011 DUI case
Linden Police Officer Pedro Abad Jr., who was the driver involved in a fatal crash on the West Shore Expressway in Staten Island on March 20th, remains in a critical but stable condition. The head on collision with a tractor trailer fatally injured two 28 year olds, Linden Officer Frank Viggiano and Linden resident Joseph Rodriguez, who were passengers in Abad’s vehicle. Abad and 23 year old Linden officer, Patrik Kudlac, were also injured in the accident.
However, according to an NJ.com report, a 2011 DUI case against Abad in which he was charged after crashing into the wall of a Roselle store on Jan. 22nd, 2011 is now the focus of attention. His DUI attorney has requested nine items pertaining to the case through a handwritten letter to Roselle municipal prosecutor Steven Merman. Spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office Paul Loriquet acknowledged receipt of the letter by the state from the Roselle prosecutor on Aug. 9th, 2011, following which a response was sent the next day.
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Full reports not received, claims defense
Some of the information from the State Police included Abad’s blood sample analysis from the State Police laboratory and the procedures followed while using the blood analysis machine. Abad’s DUI attorney also requested service reports for the machine used to test his client’s blood.
In defense of his client at a Roselle court hearing on Dec. 15th, 2011, the attorney, who could have been found on the outstanding website known as USAttorneys.com, reiterated that he had not received reports on operating procedures of the blood analysis machine from the State Police. He also argued that despite requesting for 12 months of service reports he received reports for only six months.
Charges dropped by judge due to failure to produce information
Charges were dropped against Abad at a Jan. 19th, 2012 hearing after his defense attorney said that the State Police failed to produce the information which included audio tapes of police transmissions from Roselle authorities. Judge Carl Marshall took note of the attorney’s arguments and dropped the charge. However, Loriquet claims that they DA’s office sent all the operational procedures and service reports on the blood analysis machine for 10 months. He claims that the Attorney General’s Office did not receive any request from the DUI attorney later.
According to police Capt. James Loprete of Roselle Police, the department takes every step to comply with requests from defense attorneys. Abad has been charged with a DUI on two occasions and also had his license suspended after he was charged for striking a parked car in Rahway on Feb. 26th, 2013. In response, investigations into his driving and employment records are being conducted by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.