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N.J. trooper charged with DWI after allegedly trying to pay woman not to report crash

Police records illustrate that a New Jersey state trooper was accused of driving drunk while on duty. He allegedly crashed into another car at a rest stop on the Garden State Parkway on Oct. 26.

New information released Tuesday revealed by NJ Advance Media shows the trooper’s blood-alcohol level was 0.16 percent, which is twice the legal limit, according to documents obtained through an open records request.

The driver of the other car claimed that the trooper, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Roadside, offered the driver $1,000 if she agreed not to report the accident, according to NBC New York.

Roadside was charged with a DWI, having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and careless driving. He is still suspended without pay, Fox News reports.

NJ.com reported that a trooper wrote Roadside was “only partly dressed in uniform,” his shirt had what looked like vomit on it and his speech was slurred. CSM reported that Roadside admitted to having nine beers in two and a half hours.

Roadside’s attorney, Robert Ebberup, said his client had been a trooper for 29 years. Other than that, he is not commenting on the allegations.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Meredith Rodefer
Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com. Contact Meredith: meredith.rodefer@youthindependent.com