TRENTON, N.J. — A dashboard video released Wednesday shows an on-duty New Jersey state trooper being charged with DWI after allegedly causing a crash on the Garden State Parkway in October, NJ.com reported.
In the video, Sgt. First Class Michael Roadside professes sobriety to the responding — saying, “I am not drunk,” after the other driver in the crash called 911 and reportedly said his behavior made her fear for her own safety.
Roadside blamed this behavior and slurred speech on recently having prostate surgery and claimed he was on anesthesia at the time of the crash on Oct. 26, NJ.com reported.
The driver, identified as Kimberly Wilson, told officials that Roadside offered her $1,000 not to report the incident.
“‘I said, ‘Get back in your car. You’re scaring me,'” Wilson told the second trooper when he arrived at the scene.
Troopers said when they approached Roadside, they “immediately noticed a very strong smell of an alcoholic beverage.”
Troopers later found a case of Coors Light and two open containers in the man’s vehicle. According to police records, a breath test later showed his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
Roadside, who remains suspended, faces charges of driving while intoxicated, careless driving, and having an open alcohol container in a vehicle.
The investigation is ongoing.