NJ man stopped by police reportedly said ‘it’s New Year’s Eve, everyone drives drunk’

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VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a southern New Jersey man cited for drunken driving on New Year’s Eve claimed he shouldn’t be charged because it’s a time when “everyone drives drunk.”

Vineland police tell The Daily Journal that city resident Daniel Pratts was stopped around midnight after a police officer saw him go through a stop sign.

After Pratts allegedly performed poorly in roadside sobriety testing, he was taken to police headquarters for processing.

While there, he allegedly told another officer “it’s New Year’s Eve, everyone drives drunk.”

Pratts also was cited for refusal to take a breath test and reckless driving. A telephone number for him could not be located Wednesday.

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