A New Jersey state senator was arrested after she crashed into three parked cars early Thursday morning and has been charged with a DWI.
Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D) was not injured in the incident. She claims she is innocent and the crash was caused by a reaction to her medication.
Cunningham told officers “I was coming down the street when I was about to make a turn, and instead turned into a snowbank.”
From The Real Garden State:
Multiple Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) sources have notified Real Garden State that state Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-31) has been arrested for suspicion of DWI following a motor vehicle accident (MVA) this morning. Per sources, key details include:
The MVA occurred at approximately 9:30 AM on Culver Avenue near Route 440.
The incident involved three other vehicles.
Cunningham was taken to the Jersey City Medical Center during the investigation and was later brought to the Jersey City Municipal Court for criminal processing. It’s not clear whether an Alcotest was performed, but sources say a warrant to draw bodily fluids from Cunningham was signed by a judge.
The JCPD South District cops that initially responded to the scene requested a supervisor and DWI operator. Footage of Cunningham during the initial aftermath was recorded on police bodycam. Per sources with knowledge, the video supposedly captured:
Cunningham deny being under the influence and claim the incident was not a big deal.
Request officers contact Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea.
Cunningham claims she thought two parked cars struck by the vehicle she was operating were actually snowbanks.
Additionally, sources say JCPD Capt. Joseph Olszewski, a political ally of Cunningham, responded to the incident in an off-duty capacity. Olszewski supposedly attempted to persuade Sgt. Maria Cortes, the supervisor on scene, to drop the investigation.