MIDDLETOWN, NJ – A police officer in Middletown is facing charges after authorities say he lied about a crash involving his police cruiser, according to Patch.com.
The case involves an incident on July 3, 2019 on Cedar Avenue in Middletown. Officer Thomas E. Foster was on duty on a road repair project and got into an accident with his patrol car, Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni said.
When filing his police vehicle accident and damage report, Foster said he “contacted a telephone pole” while backing out of a parking spot.
But Gramiccioni said it was later learned that Foster had actually backed the police cruiser into a parked pickup truck on the street, damaging both vehicles. A fellow officer suspected Foster had been untruthful in his report and brought the matter to the attention of his superiors, police said.
Foster, of Keyport, has been charged with fourth-degree falsifying records. He has been suspended from the Middletown police force without pay until the case is resolved.
If convicted, he could face a maximum of 18 months in state prison.
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