Midland Park, New Jersey Police Officer Arrested For DWI After ATV Crash
It was reported by North Jersey.com on December 16, 2011, that a Midland Park Police Officer who volunteered during a police class to illustrate the perils of drunk-driving later became a real-life example when he crashed a four-wheeler in the Bergen County town of Wykoff, New Jersey and was arrested for driving while intoxicated, DWI.
Joseph B. Gaeta, 31, was the controlled drinking subject in a DWI class at the Police Academy in Bergen County, New Jersey on Thursday morning. Police Officer Geata was given controlled amounts of alcohol during the presentation, allowing officers to see his response to sobriety tests while sober and then again after he was drunk. His blood alcohol level reached .13 percent during the class, after which another officer drove him home, police said.
But then Gaeta hopped on a four-wheel ATV vehicle and drove down Godwin Avenue. He crashed the off-road vehicle at 3:13 p.m., while attempting a right turn near Greenhaven Road, about a quarter of a mile from his home, and sustained serious facial injuries. He was transported to the hospital, where a blood sample was obtained, police said.
Police Officer Gaeta was reported to be in serious but stable condition on Thursday and was scheduled to have surgery Friday for what are reported as “significant facial injuries.”
Gaeta was charged with driving while intoxicated and several motor vehicle violations related to illegally driving an ATV on a roadway.
The New Jersey State Police periodically offers the four-to-five day class, which draws current officers from throughout the county, Fox said.
During one of the days, he said, a volunteer drinks enough to push his blood alcohol level beyond the laws .08 limit to show alcohol’s effect on reaction times, balance and motor skills.
“It’s a comparison of how people react to field sobriety tests when they’re sober and intoxicated, and it’s incredibly interesting,” Fox said. “You see the stark difference in their abilities to perform certain acts.
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