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Deaf motorist says rights were violated in Boonton DWI arrest

A deaf motorist who was charged with driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a breath test in Boonton wants a judge to find her rights as a disabled person were violated because police did not call in an American sign language interpreter.


Superior Court Judge Mary Gibbons Whipple, sitting in Morristown, heard arguments Monday on an appeal filed by Teaneck resident Kelly Romano, 31, and said she will issue her decision April 28. The judge called Romano’s claims “a very important issue” and said she wants to give more thought to how she will rule.

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