N.J. Woman Convicted Of 4th DUI After Finishing Jail Term For 3rd DWI

WOODBURY – 31-year-old Kelli D. Hennessey of Franklin Township was released from jail last week for her third drunk driving conviction when she added a fourth conviction to her record after being released.

Hennessey was convicted Tuesday on three counts of assault by auto in a school zone for a drunken driving incident that took place on 6 November, 2011. She was involved in a crash in Glassboro when she hit three Rowan University students who were crossing Delsea Drive. Two of the students suffered leg injuries, whereas the third student suffered a broken collarbone and a broken leg which had to be reinforced with a metal rod. She also suffered facial cuts that required stitches as she was thrown into the windshield upon impact. The students were unable to identify the driver.

According to the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, Hennessey’s bail was revoked and she was jailed pending her Sept. 11 sentencing.

After completing a 180-day sentence, Hennessey was released from jail last Friday. She was serving for drunken driving, which stemmed from her 2010 arrest in Clayton.

During her trial, Hennessey testified that an acquaintance was driving her car, when she was involved in her latest case. She said that the acquaintance fled the scene after the crash and that she was the only passenger in the vehicle. The acquaintance was not called as a witness at the hearing.

According to a Glassboro police officer, Hennessey admitted that she was driving the Ford Taurus at the scene. She was issued a breath test which showed her blood alcohol level at 0.13%, much higher than the legal limit of 0.08% for driving in New Jersey.

Reports given by Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Staci Scheetz stated that the crash occurred within 1,000 feet of Glassboro Intermediate School. Vehicular assault in a school zone that results in serious injury is a second-degree crime, and is punishable by 5-10 years in prison. Third-degree assault by auto means a sentence of 3-5 years.

Hennessey faced multiple counts of assault by auto in a school zone, one of which was second-degree, and the other two were third-degree.

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Lower Township Prosecutor Peter Tourison Resigns After Drunk Driving Charges

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Municipal prosecutor Peter Tourison resigned from his position as solicitor at the Lower Cape May Regional School District after being charged with drunk driving in neighboring Cape May.

Tourison, who also has private practice on Bayshore Road, still holds attorney positions at the North Wildwood School District and Erma Volunteer Fire Company. He is also a North Cape May attorney.

According to Tourison, he had three drinks on Sunday before he was pulled over by Cape May Police on Madison Avenue. He blames himself for the incident, as he took two breath tests and they both came at the lowest drunk-driving level of 0.08%.

“It is what it is. It was my own fault,” said Tourison.

In 2008, Tourison resigned from several municipal judge positions when he was involved in a minor motor vehicle drunk-driving accident that took place at the North Cape May Wawa on Bayshore Road.

The legal limit for driving in the region was lowered to 0.08% from 0.10% in 2004. Since then, a lot of people stopped and arrested for DUI say that they only had a few drinks. A BAC level in the range of 0.08% is consistent with having just a few drinks, although it may be influenced by a number of other factors such as food consumption, body weight etc.

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Police Charge Jersey City Man Found Asleep Behind Wheel, With DUI

28-year-old Ravi Patel of Jersey City was charged with DUI after he was found sleeping behind the wheel by Port Authority police.

According to a spokesman for the police department, Patel was behind the wheel in Jersey City traffic causing traffic to build behind him. The incident took place around 1 am at Central and Pavonia avenues, told spokesman Joe Pentangelo who is with Port Authority police.

When officers roused Patel, they found him incoherent with slurred speech. He groggily uttered that he had just left a bar.

Police records showed that Patel had five outstanding warrants, from Secaucus and Carlstadt, and three warrants from Rutherford, that totaled $2,450.

He was charged with DUI and reckless driving.

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