Just as being slipped a spiked drink at a party is no defense to driving while intoxicated, neither is exposure to mind-impairing chemicals, a New Jersey appeals court held on Monday.

Calling drunken driving an absolute-liability offense, the Appellate Division said trial courts shouldn’t be burdened with having to sort out complicated pretextual defenses, lest the preventive purpose of the DWI statute be defeated.

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