Even Nuns Are Not Pardoned from Driving Under the Influence

DUI vs DWI in NJA Philadelphia nun was found guilty of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) by a New Jersey judge in April. The Washington Township Municipal Court Judge convicted the nun of a drunk driving DUI after her early morning arrest in Turnersville in early November.

In November police said witnesses reported that the nun was driving frantically in Gloucester County. She drove into a Meineke auto repair shop parking lot and as she was turning her car around she backed into the front door of the Meineke Shop, breaking the glass, and then leaving the scene of the accident.

According to Gloucester County police, a breath test revealed that the nun had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.16%, which is two times the New Jersey legal limit of 0.08% BAC.  However, because the police officers at the scene did not follow proper protocol those findings were not included in the evidence. In addition, the police officers reportedly found a half full bottle of wine behind the driver’s seat.

The Sister claimed that she was “sleep driving”. She argued that before going to bed, she took an Ambien, which is a sleep aid, along with a glass of altar wine. She also stated that she didn’t remember how she got to New Jersey, nor into police custody.

The Judge in the case rejected the claim of “sleep driving’, saying that most people are well-aware of the risks that come with Ambien. The judge found that she was guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol and not the sleep medication. Sister Miller’s license has been suspended in New Jersey for 90 days and she was ordered to pay fines of more than $600.

The Cost of a Driving Under the Influence Offense in New Jersey – N.J.S.A. 39:4-50

New Jersey takes driving under the influence very seriously. A DUI can result in the loss of driving privileges, fines and fees, jail time, mandatory driving education classes, among other penalties. These consequences can have a lasting influence on your life, especially if you lose your job or if you are suspended from your position. Additional information on the New Jersey DUI law can be found here.

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