NJ cops may have to translate breath-test statement

Translation not currently required during police pullovers

Laura Bruno

PLAINFIELD, NJ — When German Marquez was charged with driving while impaired by Plainfield, N.J., police in 2007, he was read a statement in English warning him of the penalties he faced if he did not submit to a breath test.

Marquez, who speaks Spanish but not English, says he did not understand and did not take the test. In addition to a driving-while-impaired charge, he was charged with failure to take a breath test.

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