DWI Charge Against Lambertville Mayor David Delvecchio Dismissed
MANSFIELD – A Mansfield Municipal Court dropped the drunken driving charges against Lambertville Mayor David DelVecchio on Thursday.
Lambertville’s longtime municipal attorney and prosecutor, Philip Faherty, represented DelVecchio in court who agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge. DelVecchio admitted to reckless driving and said that he swerved out of his lane before he was stopped by the police.
At the time of the stop, Mansfield Police administered field sobriety tests which DelVecchio failed.
58-year-old DelVecchio was arrested on DWI charges on 9 November on Route 130 shortly after 1 a.m. He was also charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain a lane during a traffic stop.
At the police headquarters, two breathalyzer tests were administered, but no trace of alcohol was found in the breath tests. DelVecchio told officers that he had been drinking earlier that night, but that was over the period of several hours according to Faherty.
After the hearing, DelVecchio said that he was relieved that the most important charges against him have been resolved.
According to the arrest reports, DelVecchio was cooperative throughout the investigation and he was also polite while the police investigated him. His attorney also pleaded for minimum fines as DelVecchio cooperated with the officers and throughout the arrest.
Fines of $206 and $32 were imposed by Municipal Court Judge Dennis P. McInerney in court fees, which DelVecchio paid before leaving court.
According to DelVecchio’s lawyer, DelVecchio did not argue against the reckless driving charge, but he accepted the plea deal instead.
DelVecchio passed a statement in which he said that he has taken a strong stand against drunk driving as a mayor in his own community. He also said that he would not act in a way which is contrary with that belief. “I hold the officers who handled this case in the highest regard, as they acted with the same integrity and professionalism that I ask of the Lambertville police, and I did not receive any preferential treatment,” he said in the statement.
DelVecchio has served as a president of the New Jersey League of Municipalities and president of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. He is in his eighth term as mayor.
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