N.J. pol shows DUI videotape
CHERRY HILL – 56-year-old Paul Moriarty, a New Jersey Assemblyman, was arrested for drunk driving earlier this year in July. However, Moriarity took an unusual step of showing a police dashboard camera video of a motor-vehicle stop that led to his drunken-driving arrest to prove that he is not guilty of the charges.
The incident took place one late July afternoon when Joe DiBuonaventura, a Washington Township patrolman, pulled Moriarty over and charged him with failing to maintain a lane, driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a breath test.
According to the arresting officer’s report, he stopped Moriarty after the legislator cut him off. The officer smelled alcohol on Moriarty’s breath and ordered him to get out of the car. However, in his defense, Moriarty stated that he was driving lawfully in the right lane and that he did not change lanes without signaling. He also said that he had not consumed alcohol before he was stopped by the officer.
Moriarty presented a video which was shown to reporters in his lawyers office Friday, supporting his version of events. The video began when patrolman DiBuonaventura pulls off a median after Moriarty drives by. It then shows how Moriarty completed three field sobriety tests successfully and asks the officer why he has been stopped. He also stated to the officer that he had done nothing wrong. At one point, Moriarty even tells the arresting officer, “I feel you’re out to get me or something.” The video ends by showing the lawmaker handcuffed and placed on a patrol car. After showing, the video was not released.
According to Frank Rodgers, a retired New Jersey State Police lieutenant colonel, the police report was false. “Based on my training and experience, it’s clearly a false police report,” he said. Rogers was asked by Moriarty’s lawyers to comment on the tape.