JCPD cop’s DWI costs $689 in fines, 3-month license suspension and 30 days of accrued time
JCPD officer Carlos Melendez was found guilty of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) on the night of April 28, 2018, in Wood-Ridge, NJ.
Written over a selfie of himself flipping the bird on Instagram, Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) Officer Carlos Melendez stated that, even though 2018 might be a new year, he’d be the “same los.”
With only a few weeks left until 2019, things are a little different for the JCPD officer of nearly six years after pleading guilty to Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). First reported by Real Jersey City, Melendez was charged with DWI and Careless Driving the night of April 28, 2018, in Wood-Ridge, NJ.
Melendez – who works as a clerk in the city’s North District – crashed his vehicle into two parked cars, blew a .15 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC) on the Alcotest 7110 and was in possession of his service weapon the night he was arrested by the Wood-Ridge Police Department (WRPD), according to police reports.
The Careless Driving charge was dismissed. According to the original WRPD report, Melendez claimed he was “texting on his cell phone and looked down” at the time of the crash. The JCPD officer was ultimately fined $689 and received a 3-months license suspension on October 18, 2018.
Additionally, Melendez faced departmental charges and on October 26, 2018, lost thirty days of accrued time for violating Rules 3:108 (Conduct) and 3:162 (Intoxicants Off Duty).
A spokesperson for the Fulop Administration did not respond to an email seeking comment as to whether the punishment would serve as a deterrent for other officers to not drink and drive. VIDEO BELOW: