Police officers protect our New Jersey roadways, making our streets and highways safer for everyone. Unfortunately, however, not all officers abide by the laws they enforce.
In a recent turn of events, police say an intoxicated Parsippany, New Jersey, officer ran his pickup truck off the road, coming to a stop in someone’s front yard.
Officer John R. Freudenberg, who lives in Randolph, New Jersey, was charged with a DWI and reckless driving on Feb. 9, according to recent article from NJ.com.
Freudenberg told officers responding to the Randolph crash that he “ran off the road” and indicated that he was a Parsippany officer. According to reports, though, it doesn’t appear that he tried to leverage his occupation in any way to get him off the hook. He was off-duty and was driving a personal truck, not a law enforcement vehicle.
After officers smelled alcohol on Freudenberg’s breath, they administered field sobriety tests before arresting him.
There was a passenger in the truck, but he or she refused to receive any medical treatment for pain.
As you can see, New Jersey police officers are people too, and they make mistakes just like any other citizen.
A DWI is treated as a serious matter in New Jersey and should not be taken lightly. A first-offense conviction (with a BAC of .08 percent to .10 percent) could cause you to lose your license for three months, cost you $250-$400 in fines, require you to spend a mandatory 12-48 hours at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center with related fees, and cause you to pay insurance surcharges of $1,000 per year for three years. You may also be looking at up to 30 days in jail.