A N.J. state trooper has been charged with drunken driving after striking two parked cars in a Monmouth County beach neighborhood, crashing his troop car into a backyard creek and then fleeing the scene. Kevin T. Byrne, 33, of Spring Lake Heights, the trooper involved, was found and arrested at his home, only 2 miles from where he abandoned his car.
Byrne is being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving likely to endanger person or property, and leaving the scene of an incident and he was suspended without pay the same day as the incident. According to the article, The State Police’s alcohol policy states that even off-duty troopers are prohibited from drinking, even while on vacation, to the extent it might affect their work because they could be recalled at any time — particularly if they are a member of an emergency response team. Troopers found in violation of the policy can be dismissed from the force. The final decision rests with Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes.