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South Brunswick: DWI in a Backhoe

South Brunswick Police dashcam video of local man drinking and driving a backhoe on New Road. Credits: South Brunswick Police Department

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A driver with seven prior DWI convictions dating back to 1980 was arrested once again as he tried to navigate a backhoe at a busy intersection near Route 1 yesterday.  

On Tuesday at 3:45 pm, South Brunswick Police received phone calls about a man driving a backhoe on New Road near Route 1 while drinking beer and swerving all over the road. Officer Robert Rask was in the area and observed a male driving the backhoe west on New Road. The officer observed the driver drift back and forth in the lane and onto the shoulder of the road. The driver appeared slouched over the wheel of the backhoe as he was driving.

Officer Rask activated his lights and siren and pulled the backhoe over near the Kendall Park Fire Department headquarters. Officer Rask identified the driver as William Campbell age 56 of Franklin Park. Officer Rask detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Campbell’s breath and recovered a bottle of Jack Daniels and a Vodka bottle from Campbell. Campbell admitted he did not have a valid driver’s license. Officer Rask had Campbell perform field sobriety tests. After the tests, Campbell was arrested for driving while intoxicated. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was issued numerous motor vehicle summonses including DWI, careless driving, failing to maintain a lane, and having an open alcohol container. In addition he was charged with driving while suspended as a result of a DWI conviction which is a 4th degree crime. 

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Chief Raymond Hayducka said, "The callers alerted us to this driver and an officer was in the area immediately. The actions of the caller and officer took this impaired driver off the road before anyone was harmed."

Campbell was released pending his first court appearance in January.

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