Drunk Driver Was Nearly Triple Legal Limit, Cops Say

Morristown resident initially stopped for driving without headlights on.

A Washington Avenue resident was nearly three times over the legal limit when she was pulled over for driving without headlights on early Thursday morning, Morristown Police said.

Jessica Stender, 25, of Morristown, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving without headlights and careless driving at about 2 a.m.

According to a report filed by Officer James Krauss, a vehicle was observed driving without its lights on in the area of Morris Street near Spring Street. Near the Morristown Diner, Krauss activated his overhead lights for a motor vehicle stop, ultimately stopping in the lot of Morristown Tire—at Morris and Pine streets—after first striking the curb, according to the report.

Krauss in his report said the driver, identified as Stender, indicated having had "one margarita" during the evening. The officer moved Stender through several Field Sobriety Tests, ultimately determining her to be intoxicated, according to the report.

Once at Morristown Police Department headquarters, Stender provided a breath sample, which recorded a Blood Alcohol Content level of .23 percent, which is nearly triple the legal limit of .08 percent, according to the report.

She was later released into the custody of a friend.

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Chris Jansen December 21, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Since Morristown is becoming the place to go to consume alcohol, why not provide free jitney bus shuttle service from the bars to the train station?
Just sayin December 21, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I like that idea but put a bus load of drunks together and that my not be pretty.
Chris Jansen December 21, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Might be better than putting them behind the wheel.
Freda's Sugar Daddy December 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Did I get the impression she was driving away from where she lives? Oh Jeez.


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