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South Jersey Officer In Moriarty’s DUI Arrest Suspended

A Washington Township police officer is suspended after a judge filed a complaint alleging the officer filed false reports and harassed a state assemblyman during a traffic stop.

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Washington Township Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura pulled over Assemblyman Paul Moriarty in July and charged him with driving drunk after the politician refused to take a Breathalyzer test.

Moriarty said he had nothing to drink and the officer had something against him.

The lawmaker last month filed a 27-count complaint against the officer. A grand jury is to consider 13 charges after a judge dismissed 14 of them.

The Courier-Post reports the officer was suspended with pay on Oct. 22, one day after the charges were filed against him.

Moriarty refused to take a breathalyzer test during his arrest and has denied drinking any alcohol. Refusing a breathalyzer in New Jersey carries some of the same penalties as DUI. The Democrat claims DiBuonaventura has an unknown issue with him and targeted him for the arrest.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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