Recently, Lt. Edward Zadroga of the Millville, New Jersey Police Department was arrested for driving under the influence. Zadroga, a top ranking officer in charge at the station, was pulling out of a driveway at a popular sports bar when he sideswiped another vehicle. According to news reports, Zadroga was arrested by officers who were under his command. He was charged with reckless driving and DWI, however he will keep his job.
Mayor Michael Santiago appointed Zadroga to the temporary supervisory position in early April, and said that “We’re all human. We make mistakes.” Santiago says that Zadroga will keep his position for now, however some residents feel that the Millville police lieutenant should be held accountable for his actions, just as civilians would. Zadroga was arrested by officer Ralph Satero after he failed a field sobriety test on Sunday evening, April 19 following the crash. No one was injured.
According to a news article at The Daily Journal, two other Millville officers were charged with drunken driving in September of last year, after the Corvette they were driving left the roadway and crashed into a Catholic church on Carmel Road.
News reports do not reveal Zadroga’s blood alcohol content at the time of the incident. In many cases, police officers and others in authority positions lose their jobs after being cited for drunken driving. While it is true we are all human and make mistakes, DUI is a criminal offense that will leave those convicted facing serious penalties. In the state of Michigan, a first DUI can result in substantial fines, up to 93 days in jail, community service, driver’s license suspension, and more. Repeat offenders will face even harsher punishment. Anyone who is convicted of driving under the influence will have a criminal record which can affect employment opportunities and other areas of their lives.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, do not assume it is “no big deal.” It is a big deal, and one that can negatively impact your life more than you imagine. Consult with a capable and aggressive Michigan DUI attorney right away to learn about your legal options, and protect your rights.