Washington Township Police Department on Wednesday issued a brief, official press release about the Tuesday arrest of Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty 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 last night 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 his lane.
Moriarty, 55, was released pending an Aug. 8 court appearance.
Moriarty called his arrest an "abuse of power," and vowed to fight the charge.
Washington Township Police Chief Rafael Muniz acknowledged the accusations Moriarty made in a press release, noting "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 a driver's license suspension of seven to 12 months.