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New Jersey cop charged with DUI and resisting arrest in Pennsylvania

Date: July 21, 2016

HAZLETON, Pa. – On Thursday, 45-year-old William McCarthy III, a police officer serving on a Morris County department, crashed his motor vehicle in multiple cars while he was driving impaired. He is now facing several charges.

McCarthy was taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for various charged including:

  • Driving under the influence
  • Resisting arrest
  • Reckless driving
  • Accidents involving damage to attended vehicles
  • Duty to give information and render aid

At about 8 p.m., police received calls of an erratic driver in a Nissan Armada SUV.

According to an individual who saw the officer’s car hitting other cars, 2 of the vehicles hit by the SUV were occupied and were travelling when they were struck while others were parked.

The SUV with front-end damage was pulled over by the Hazleton and Pennsylvania State Police at 15th and Locust streets. The airbags of the vehicle were also deployed. The cop found a half empty tequila bottle in the vehicle. McCarthy talked about seeing dead people when the cop asked him a few questions.

He refused to perform the field sobriety tests and also refused to give samples of his breath for intoxication testing.

It was stated in a statement released by Washington Chief of Police Jeffrey S. Almer on Friday, “The unfortunate off-duty incident involving William McCarthy is currently under investigation by the Washington Township Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Hazleton Township Police Department, and we are continuing to gather information concerning the incident.” Almer added, “The department is thankful that no one was injured in the incident and [we] appreciate the assistance we have received from the Hazleton Township Police Department.”

The officer is suspended without pay and the case is under investigation after which the decision will be made.

News Source: www.nj.com

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Attorney James A. Abate practices Criminal Defense, DWI Defense, Business Litigation, Real Estate & Personal injury cases in Union County, New Jersey.