Monday, July 11, 2016
Appellate Division affirms drunk driving conviction of man sleeping in car with engine running.
The Cumberland County Superior Court, Law Division, affirmed the municipal court's finding that Gerber was guilty of driving while intoxicated. The court observed that a person can "operate" a motor vehicle within the meaning of the statute "even though actual driving is not observed." The Appellate Division, in today's decision, affirmed Gerber's conviction.
One of the factors the court considered was that Gerber "was not in a reclined position, indicative of sleeping but was 'slumped forward over the steering wheel indicating that he had lost consciousness almost immediately." Perhaps those who want to sleep it off after a hard night's out should recline in the passenger seat rather than the driver seat. More information about similar cases can be found here.