Reporting David Madden
By David Madden
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS)–A South Jersey legislator facing drunk driving and other charges has taken the unusual step of releasing video of the Washington Township police officer who pulled him over last July. That video brings into question the reason for the stop in the first place.
In the video you hear:
Cop: “You cut me off back there.”
Moriarty: “I didn’t cut you off.”
And video from Officer Joseph DiBuonoventura’s cruiser clearly backs up Assemblyman Paul Moriarty’s version of events along the Black Horse Pike in late July.
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Video Of Traffic Stop
“He reaches speeds up to 80 miles an hour in an attempt to catch up to me, to target me, to pull me over,” says Moriarty.
During the stop, the officer said he smelled alcohol, and gave Moriarty a sobriety test, which he passed. But his attorney, John Eastlack, suggests the stop should have never occurred.
“In order for a police officer to be able to pull someone over there has to be a traffic violation that they actually see,” says Eastlack.
Charges against Moriarty are due to be heard next month in Bridgeton Municipal Court.
He’s filed a complaint against the officer which is under review by Gloucester County prosecutors.