Off-duty N.J. cop charged in DWI crash pleads guilty, avoids jail time - world cultures

Off-duty N.J. cop charged in DWI crash pleads guilty, avoids jail time

Authorities said Friday that a Patterson police officer who pleaded guilty Thursday to DWI for an accident that injured one person, will enter a pre-trial intervention program to avoid serving a prison sentence.

Noel Ramos, 27, of Garfield, was arrested March 24 by detectives investigating the February 13 crash on Lexington Avenue in Clifton, according to Passaic County District Attorney Camelia M. Valdis.

Police who responded to the crash before 12:30 a.m. found Ramos’ 2019 Dodge Challenger in the middle of the road, officials said. Challenger had hit another busy car, then hit a parked car.

The occupant of the car that Ramos hit was injured and taken to Saint Mary’s General Hospital in Passaic, where he was treated and released, officials said.

“The investigation revealed that Mr. Ramos was operating his car recklessly with a blood alcohol content above the legal limit at the time of the accident,” Valdez said in a statement.

The attorney general said that in addition to the 12-month pre-trial intervention, Ramos will be required to install an ignition lock device in his car.

Other charges against Ramos, including reckless driving and third-degree assault with a motor vehicle causing bodily injury within the school district, were dropped at Thursday’s court hearing. “He did not go to prison,” a spokesman for the attorney general’s office said.

The attorney general’s office referred questions about Ramos’ status as a police officer to the Paterson Police Department. Patterson officials did not immediately respond Friday to requests for comment.

Public records showed that Ramos, Patterson’s police officer since July 2018, was making an annual salary of $43,777 at the time of the accident.

The Office of the Prosecutor has asked anyone with additional information about the incident to call the Advice Line at 1-877-370-PCPO or [email protected]

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Anthony J. Atrino It can be accessed at [email protected].

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