Princeton Township Committeeman Lance Liverman appeared in court today for a pre-trial conference related to charges that he was allegedly driving while intoxicated. No agreement was reached with the municipal prosecutor, and Liverman’s trial in the matter is now scheduled for Oct. 9.
Liverman and his lawyer, Stephen Krazny of the Ewing law firm Furlong and Krasny, appeared before Hopewell Township Municipal Court Judge Charles M. Ouslander at about 10 a.m. today after Krazny met with the prosecutor and then consulted with Liverman. Informed that an agreement had not been reached, the judge set the trial date.
The charges against Liverman stem from an Aug. 9 incident in which Liverman hit a parked tractor-trailer on the shoulder of Interstate 95 near Scotch Road while he was driving home from Philadelphia just before 2 a.m.
Police charged Liverman with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, driving recklessly, making an unsafe lane change and refusing to take a breathalyzer test following the accident.
After the incident, Liverman explained that he was exhausted, dozed off for a second or two, and veered into the tractor-trailer. He then made a public apology, saying he should not have been driving while so tired. A member of the boards of the Princeton Alcohol and Drug Alliance and Corner House, Liverman said he was unaware that refusing a breathalyzer test meant he could be ticketed and given a DUI. Liverman did not state why he refused the test but said he did not believe he was above the legal blood alcohol limit.