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Recently Hired NJ Football Coach Arrested For DUI After Crashing Into Parked Cars Outside High School


Date: August 22, 2016

50-year-old Thomas Ferriero was taken into custody on Friday for hitting 4 parked motor vehicles. The incident happened at about 8:00 p.m.

For the offense, he has been suspended without pay for getting behind the wheel of a town van and hitting several parked motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. He was recently hired as Harrison (N.J.) High head football coach and his job was scheduled to start on 15th of August, but his arrest didn’t give him a chance to serve as a coach.

A report released by the police stated, “Ferriero first struck two parked cars while he was traveling west on Hamilton Street. After hitting the second car, Ferriero made a U-turn in the middle of the street and then turned left onto Kingsland Avenue. The coach hit a third car parked in front of the high school before crossing over the roadway and hitting a fourth vehicle.”

The 1999 van he was driving is registered with the Town of Harrison and he was not authorized to get behind its wheel.

The report also revealed that he was “unsteady on his feet and slurring his words” when the cops approached the crash site. The coach admitted consuming 3 beers after the cops inquired as they smelled alcohol on his breath. The intoxication test showed his BAC level at 0.11 percent.

Until 22nd of September, there is no meeting scheduled for the Harrison’s Board of Education when the board will discuss Ferriero’s employment. Till then, they have to wait to determine the status of the coach.

Harrison football will start its season on 16th of September.

Ferriero returned in the month of March to the school he coached from 1995-97 after he left coaching at Jersey City’s Lincoln High and Queen of Peace High in North Arlington, N.J.

News Source: www.USATodayHSS.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.