Randolph, NJ police arrested an off-duty Parsippany, NJ police officer on suspicion of driving drunk.
According to authorities, 30-year-old Randolph NJ resident John R. Freudenberg was intoxicated when he drove his Chevrolet Silverado off the road and into the front yard of a residence in Randolph, New Jersey.
When two Randolph police officers responded to the scene, they found Freudenberg’s vehicle in a yard on Jennifern Avenue. The officers approached the vehicle and detected what they believed to be the smell of alcohol on Freudenberg’s breath. This led the officers to ask Freudenberg to perform field sobriety test.
Freudenberg also submitted to a breath test, but the results have not yet been released by the police.
Freudenberg was later arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) and reckless driving.
Although Freudenberg told the officers that he was a Parsippany police officer, there is no indication that Freudenberg attempted to use his status as a New Jersey police officer to influence the officers. Additionally, since Freudenberg was off-duty at the time of the incident, he was not driving a police-issued vehicle.
In New Jersey, drunk driving is governed under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50. As set forth by the statute, a conviction for first offense DWI can lead to a sentence of up to 30 days in county jail. Additionally, a person convicted of a first offense for drunk driving in New Jersey can have their driver’s license suspended for up to one year.
To learn more, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Parsippany Police Officer Charged with DWI after Crash in Neighboring Town.“
If you are facing DWI/DUI charges in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Alissa D. Hascup for a free consultation about your case.