The Jersey City Police Department is facing possible allegations of an alleged cover-up for an officer who is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to official sources, on January 30, 2014 Sergeant Vincent Corso was stopped on Route 130 South in Mercer County after an officer from the Robbinsville Township police witnessed Corso going at a rate of speed over 72 mph in a 55 mph zone. The Robbinsville Township officer also noted that Corso’s vehicle had a headlight out on the driver’s side and was crossing over the white line on the roadway.
Corso informed the RTPD officer that he was with Jersey City’s Police Department.
Dashcam video obtained by a local news agency show several RTPD officers responding to the scene to assist. Officers found Corso to be highly intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle.
The officers at the scene determined that Corso was too intoxicated to be carrying a weapon. Corso resisted the officers from the RTPD trying to take his weapon from him until he was put into a compliance hold on the hood of a responding police vehicle.
Investigators allege that Corso was not given a field sobriety test by officers, nor was he charged with DUI or resisting arrest.
Instead, officers with the RTPD had Corso’s car towed for him and transported him to their department where he was later released to the custody of Jersey City officers to be dealt with by his department.
Spokeswoman for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Casey DeBlasio, issued a statement on the matter.
“Our position was, and is, that the incident did not warrant a criminal investigation of the conduct of the Robbinsville officers.”
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