A Parsippany, NJ police officer was allegedly drunk when he drove his car off the road and into a residential front yard.
Police believe that 30-year-old Randolph NJ resident John R. Freudenberg was intoxicated when he drove his Chevrolet Silverado into the front yard of a home on Jennifern Avenue.
When two Randolph police officers responded to the crash, they found Freudenberg’s vehicle in the yard. The officers approached the vehicle and informed Freudenberg that he “ran off the road.”
The officers detected what they believed to be the smell of alcohol on Freudenberg’s breath. As a result, they asked him to perform field sobriety tests. Freudenberg also submitted to a breath test, but the results have not yet been released by the police.
At the time of the arrest, Freudenberg informed the officers that he was a Parsippany police officer. However, there is no indication that Freudenberg ever attempted to use his status as a New Jersey police officer to influence the officers or get out of a ticket.
Authorities said that Freudenberg’s vehicle was not issued by the police department and that Freudenberg was off-duty at the time of the alleged incident.
In New Jersey, drunk driving is addressed by N.J.S.A. 39:4-50. According to the statute, a conviction for first offense DWI can result in a sentence of up to 30 days in county jail. Additionally, a person convicted of drunk driving in New Jersey can lose their driving privileges in the state for up to one year.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Parsippany Police Officer Charged with DWI after Crash in Neighboring Town.“