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Police Release Details on Moriarty DWI Arrest

The Fourth Legislative District assemblyman was arrested Tuesday afternoon on the Black Horse Pike.

Washington Township Police Department on Wednesday issued a brief press release detailing the arrest of Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Officer Joseph Dibuonaventura stopped Moriarty at 3:53 p.m. at 5651 Black Horse Pike, in Washington Township's Turnersville section.

Moriarty indicated in a statement he issued Tuesday night around 9:40 that Dibuonaventura accused him of cutting off the officer's police cruiser in an intersection.

During the traffic stop, Moriarty was placed under arrest on the charge of driving while intoxicated. He subsequently refused a blood-alcohol content test at the police station.

In addition to the DWI charge, Dibuonaventura cited Moriarty for refusal to submit to blood-alcohol content testing and failure to maintain lane.

Moriarty, 55, was released pending an Aug. 8 court appearance.

Moriarty alleged in his statement Tuesday night that he was arrested after disputing the police officer's claim that he had cut off him off. He also denied that he had consumed any alcoholic beverages prior to his arrest.

"I disputed his assertion which led him to order me from my car, submit me to a field sobriety test and issue a summons for DUI," the statement reads.

Moriarty called his arrest an "abuse of power," and vowed to fight the charge.

In the Washington Township Police Department press release issued at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, Chief Rafael Muniz acknowledged the accusations Moriarty made in his statement, and indicated that "all complaints made will be fully investigated as required by the New Jersey Attorney General Guidelines."

Moriarty's vehicle, which police did not describe in the press release, had license plates affixed to it indicating it belonged to an Assembly member.

The penalties for a conviction on the charge of refusing a breath test include fines of $300 to $500 and driver's license suspension of seven to 12 months.

Sherry Jinks August 01, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Kudos to Washington Twp Police Department. They handled this situation with dignity and class. Im sure that the officer did not even know he was dealing with a politician. Does Moriarty think he deserves preferential treatment?
Gary B August 01, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I wonder how long the 'intoxicated' Moriarty was held before being released. If they could not get him to submit to testing, how could his BAC be determined for him to resume operating a vehicle safely. Should the PD have had the Assemblyman be picked up via taxi, a friend or a co-worker?
Tim Zatzariny Jr. (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Gary, it's our understanding that, per the law, Assemblyman Moriarty's car was impounded for 12 hours, and that someone picked him up from the police station after he was processed.
Gary B August 01, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Thanks Tim! Great response :)
Paul J. DiBartolo August 01, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Let's cut to the chase. The situation is under investigation. Right now it's a "he said, she (he) said." While you're chewing on that consider this... On a recent Saturday this past June in Aurora, CO (that's a familiar place now), police acted on a "reliable tip" that an armed robbery suspect of a local bank was stopped at a red light intersection. With no description of the suspect or the vehicle the police descended on the location and barricaded the area trapping about 25 cars in the intersection. Each occupant (about 40 adults) was ordered at gunpoint to exit their respective vehicle and was handcuffed. Each driver was asked to allow a search of his or her vehicle. I'm not sure how anyone would have fared who refused because apparently nobody did. I hope the police know the law because none of the people who were stopped did. This police action took two hours to complete when upon searching the final vehicle two loaded firearms were discovered and the occupant was arrested as the bank robber. Suffice it to say that someone in Aurora must have gotten a copy of the Bill of Rights prior to this police action and shredded it. If you don't have a problem with this then you will probably not mind your family and you being removed from your home, handcuffed, and detained while the police search your home for any supposed criminal on the loose. No, I don't think that is an abuse of power. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/06/aurora-police-stop-handcu_n_1575009.html)
Darren Gladden August 01, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Patch is on top with the answers .......Let's see if this is bigger then mailer gate .....;-0
gtres August 01, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Ummm....what????
Paul J. DiBartolo August 01, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Ummm...what??? It's all about whether there is any such thing as abuse of power. Some of the readers of this article don't think so. The police can do no wrong. Look, a GT officer observed me adjusting my seat belt and pulled me over. He informed me I was not wearing a seat belt and I disputed that. He pulled my papers and ran them and returned them and reluctantly released me. So, if it had turned into a "he said, he said," who do you think would have come out the winner? Think it can't happen to you:-) Keep on dreaming.
Alex Allen August 01, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Robert J. Tarves December 2005 drunk driving arrest. According to the lawsuit, Tarves hangs with Moriarty, they are good buddies and you see what happens when birds of a feather flock together. Gloucester Township Police Officer Michael Miller took Tarves into custody because he "was adversely affected by intake of alcoholic beverages." It's the only way to get these Drunks off the street.
Michael August 02, 2012 at 01:04 AM
By the statute, if he refused the breathalyzer, he's automatically guilty. In my opinion, if he felt it was an abuse of power, he would have freely taken the breathalyzer just to prove he was innocent. He didn't, and he isn't.
Brian Scotte August 02, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Mr Moriarty, So at 5 in the afternoon you were going to get lunch? Nice try also with deflecting blame onto the police with your statement trying to discredit the officer. The truth will come out when you plead guilty. I'm just glad that no innocent children were killed. If you truly had nothing to hide then you should have taken the breath test. Then you would have had proof of your innocence. Be a true leader,admit your mistake and take responsibility for your actions. People will respect you more for it.
gtres August 02, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Sorry Paul just woke up from my nap and what a dream I had, was just wondering how in your first post you went from this initial story to one of such extreme. I also was wondering if you thought that a politician might also partake in ABUSE OF POWER? Some right here in GT have a holier than thou opinion of themselves and I 'm sure you could find some stories of this as well because I don't have the time I gotta dreamworld to run.
Joe Kearney August 02, 2012 at 02:14 AM
It was not 5 pm it was like 2:45 pm. I hope they have to clear his name. It will give you guys some more to complain about.
Jimmy August 02, 2012 at 02:59 AM
New Jersey Refusal Law - N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.4a When you receive your driver's license in New Jersey, you give your implied consent to submit to chemical tests. "Implied consent" refers to an implicit agreement between New Jersey drivers and the State in which drivers agree to submit to chemical tests in exchange for the privilege of driving. Chemical tests can include providing blood, breath, or urine samples. Therefore, if you are arrested for a DUI offense, you are required by law to submit to a breathalyzer test. A legislator who does not know the law. Nothing but Clowns
Jimmy August 02, 2012 at 03:02 AM
New Jersey DUI Laws Could Change A bill advancing through the New Jersey legislature could make DUI testing mandatory in any fatal or serious car crash. According to NJ.com, the legislation was prompted by a fatal one-car crash in Southampton, New Jersey in July 2007. Anthony Farrace, a passenger in the car, was killed when it hit a tree, and his body was tested for drugs and alcohol like in any autopsy. The seventeen-year-old driver, however, was not required to submit to testing and was cited for careless driving and received a $200 fine and her license was suspended for six months. The accident incited Farrace’s father to push for a change in the New Jersey DUI laws. Currently, drivers can only be tested when there is evidence or a strong suspicion that the driver is under the influence. The new DUI law would require drivers to submit to a breath test or a blood test. If drivers refused to submit, then they would be subject to the same penalties as drivers who refused to submit in a DUI stop. First offenders could face fines of up to $1,000 and have their licenses suspended for up to two years. A similar law is currently being considered in Illinois. According to the New Jersey News Room, the bill is being sponsored by Democrats Nelson Albano and Paul Moriarty.
Jimmy August 02, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Albano believes that the bill “makes common sense,” and that police would be able to “determine whether a driver was under the influence, and would be able to insure that impaired drivers don’t get back behind the wheel and will face serious charges.” Moriarty is quoted as saying that “ testing for potential alcohol or drug use should be the rule when accidents result in death or serious injury, not the exception.This is not only Embarrassing, it's Sad that this legislator ridiculed himself. He needs to step down. His career in politics is over. 99 bottles of beer on the wall Paul
Paul J. DiBartolo August 02, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Actually, 'gtres,' I know all about abuse of power in GT as well as government overreach in general. If you had ever read any of my other comments or blogs you would know that. You can also show up at one of the council meetings and observe who is trying to make our elected officials accountable. Of course, I would never know if you were there because you choose not to use your real name. What exactly are people afraid of here?
Charles August 02, 2012 at 04:43 PM
This "gentleman" surely knows abuse of power when he sees it. He is a Democrat, is he not?
@xxLouA August 02, 2012 at 06:06 PM
"Politics" GT or anywhere!! What a rat-race or whatever you want to call it.
@xxLouA August 02, 2012 at 06:07 PM
BTW! Why do I have to sign in for every comment? A poor "remember me" :)
Schu August 02, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Different rules for different class of people.
Uncle Jon August 03, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Note To Paul Moriarty: Please consult all of your fellow party members with the last name Kennedy, they have much experience in these matters and can assist you in hiding the truth, still keeping your public office job and continued picking of every tax payers pocket for your self satisfaction and addictions!
Francis Moser June 10, 2013 at 07:40 AM
Haha. Look who has egg on their faces now. I love reading all these moronic posts judging a man before knowing the situation. People just have to voice their opinions. Guess what people, police can be bad people too. Its a shame that my experiences with the police are mostly negative. Not all, but most. People need to wake up. Hopefully you people will think twice before opening your fat mouths.

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