Mercer Tow Truck Driver Arrested for DUI

PRINCETON– A Mercer County tow truck driver was arrested for driving under the influence after he responded to a crash scene in an inebriated state.

According to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Jack Garten Jr., 42, of Princeton, was arrested after failing field sobriety tests at the scene.

The initial single-vehicle accident occurred late Monday night just before midnight on Route 20.

A car flipped on its side but the driver was not injured and no charges were filed.

State Police requested a tow truck and Mercer County 911 dispatched Danieley’s Wrecker Service.

When the tow truck arrived on the scene, police noticed the wrecker driver had an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him. they then performed the necessary field sobriety tests and ended up arresting him for driving under the influence.

Garten was charged under the commercial vehicle statute, which has an enhanced penalty, and the blood alcohol content threshold is not .08 it is .02.

Garten was placed under arrest at the scene.

Troopers had to call for another wrecker service to haul the vehicle involved in the crash as well as the Danieley Tow Truck.

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