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Monday December 19, 2011

Drunk Police Officer Crashes 4-Wheeler After Leaving Drunk Driving Seminar at Police Academy

Drunk Police Officer Crashes 4-Wheeler After Leaving Drunk Driving Seminar at Police Academy

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New Jersey police officer Joseph B. Gaeta was charged with DWI Thursday after he flipped over a four-wheeler after taking part in a drinking and driving demonstration for officers.

Earlier in the day, Gaeta, 31, participated in a demonstration at the Bergen County Police Academy to help determine a person’s physical impairments when intoxicated. As part of the demonstration, Gaeta performed various sobriety test while sober. He was then asked to consume alcohol and perform the same tests to display an inebriated person’s physical abilities.

At the time of the intoxicated tests, Gaeta was given a breath test, and it was determined his blood alcohol level was .13 percent.

After the demonstration, Gaeta, a patrol officer in Midland Park, was driven home by a fellow officer. However, he did not stay at home, instead deciding to ride a four-wheel ATV while still intoxicated.

At around 3 p.m., he lost control of the vehicle, flipped it, and sustained serious facial injuries. He was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center where he underwent surgery for said injuries on Friday.

He was later charged with DWI and given several motor vehicle violations, including those for illegally operating a motor vehicle of an ATV on the roadway.

Gaeta, the son of the late state Superior Court Judge Bruce Gaeta, was not on duty and was not paid to attend the demonstration.

Officer Gaeta, you serve as the perfect of example of what NOT to do when drunk. Next time you get drunk, order in, plop your ass down on the couch, and watch TV like the rest of us.