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DWI charges dismissed against Fort Lee official

12-6-13

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Officials dismissed drunken driving charges against the head of Fort Lee’s emergency management office after questions were raised about how his sobriety tests were conducted.

Stephen Ferraro pleaded guilty to unsafely changing lanes and a charge of reckless driving was dismissed under a plea bargain Thursday.

A Cliffside Park police officer stopped the 61-year-old retired police captain, who was driving a city-owned vehicle, on Feb. 26. The officer also reported smelling alcohol on Ferraro’s breath.

Ferraro’s lawyer said heavy wind and rain affected his driving.

The Record (http://bit.ly/18nQgos ) reports the prosecutor said Ferraro had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit. But the prosecutor said he could not prove the results because Ferraro was left alone at poli0ce headquarters in violation of state law.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com