The Bergen County NJ director of safety and security has been charged with drunk driving stemming from an arrest in Oakland, NJ last month. Although the case is currently slated for Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack NJ, an assignment judge is considering the possibility of transferring the case to another county’s court to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
The suspect was arrested on February 21 after being stopped by a police officer on Ramapo Valley Road in Oakland, New Jersey. According to Bergen County NJ prosecutors, the suspect was drunk when he drove that night. The Oakland cop pulled over the suspect after reportedly seeing him drive erratically and strike a mailbox on Franklin Avenue.
The suspect was subsequently placed under arrest and charged with multiple traffic offenses, including Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), driving under the influence of alcohol in a school zone, improper turning, and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
While the DUI charges are pending, the suspect is suspended without pay from his job as the director of safety and security for Bergen County. James J. Tedesco III, the Bergen County executive, issued a statement about the situation and indicated that all county employees are held to a high standard of conduct – even outside work hours.
For more information about this case, read the NorthJersey.com article, “Venue May Change for Bergen Safety Director’s DWI Case.”