A deaf woman charged with drunken driving in northern New Jersey last year wants a judge to dismiss the charge, claiming police should have called an American sign language interpreter to assist her upon her arrest.

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Boonton Municipal Court Judge Andrew Wubbenhorst heard testimony this week on the motion by 30-year-old Kelly Romano of Maywood. He expects to issue his ruling later this month.

Romano's lawyer said her client didn't understand she had an obligation to provide a breath sample at headquarters, but might have if an interpreter had been called. Besides the DWI charge, she seeks the dismissal of motor vehicle citations she received.

Authorities contend the arresting officer appropriately dealt with Romano by communicating with her in writing. They say she appeared to understand his gestures and communications.


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