Hillsborough Township Police officer sued for assaulting suspected drunk driver
HILLSBOROUGH TWP. – The lawsuit and the township police chief said that in October, a Middlesex county woman, Cynthia M. Hwang, suspected of driving under the influence, was stopped by a Hillsborough Township cop Robert A. Fariello. The woman sued the cop for allegedly assaulting her.
According to the complaint which was filed in State Superior Court on 26th of December, she claims that during the Field sobriety test she had asked for a lawyer and the police officer threw her on the ground, handcuffed her and locked her in the back of his patrol car.
Albert Cruz, Township attorney said that he didn’t know the lawsuit, and he generally does not comment on pending litigation. In the lawsuit, the municipality and the township police department names were also in defendants.
Paul Kaminsky, the Hillsborough Police Chief said that in the complaint filed with the police department, Cynthia M. Hwang made similar claims. Kaminsky said that the internal affairs division of the police department has begun investigating the case. He told that on 18th of October, Hwang’s car was stopped in the area of Amwell Road and Piney Woods Drive. When the cop asked her to stop, it was about 12:47 a.m.
According to Kaminsky, Hwang was charged with DUI because she refused to give a breath sample, failed to keep right, her windshield was cracked and she was resisting arrest.
Hwang, who is a resident of Piscataway Township, said in the lawsuit she filed that the actions of patrolman Robert A. Fariello were “unlawful, excessive and unreasonable under the circumstances.”
Paul Kaminsky said that before the completion of the internal investigation, he cannot comment on the allegations and the case. He also said that the cop Fariello is also not allowed to comment. He is a 13-year veteran of the police force. Kaminsky said, “He’s an excellent officer, his judgment is always sound.”
On Friday, Hwang refused to make any additional comments because her case has not been resolved.