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NJ cop punished over Super Bowl incident

3-6-14

EDISON, N.J. (AP) — Officials say they have disciplined a New Jersey police officer for leaving his patrol car idling in his driveway for more than two hours during the Super Bowl.

But it’s not clear how the Edison Police Department punished Sgt. Andrew Chupela.

Chupela’s neighbor, Thomas DeRienzo, filed a complaint on Super Bowl Sunday after he said Chupela arrived home at around 7:30 p.m. and drove off at 10:15 p.m.

Police officials wrote DeRienzo that the officer had violated department rules and would be disciplined. But they didn’t say how.

DeRienzo tells The Home News Tribune (http://mycj.co/1cwXn2m ) the lack of transparency is troubling and fosters an attitude of mistrust about a department that has had a history of discipline problems.

The police sergeant is paid $145,000 a year.

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Information from: Home News Tribune (East Brunswick, N.J.) , http://www.mycentraljersey.com