New Jersey police chief charged with drunk driving and fleeing after crash

Bordentown Township Police Chief Brian Pesce has also been placed on restricted duty.

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Accused of drunk driving and fleeing the scene of an accident, a New Jersey police chief faces multiple charges and has been placed on restricted duty.

Around 10:25 p.m. on Friday, Bordentown Township Police Chief Brian Pesce was reportedly driving a maroon pickup truck when he caused property damage by crashing the vehicle in a residential area in Hamilton Township. According to court documents, Chief Pesce had been inebriated and fled the scene instead of reporting the accident.

Pesce was later charged with five traffic offenses, including drunken driving, failing to report an accident, careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, and reckless driving. He has also been placed on restricted duty.

Bordentown Township’s administrator, Michael Theokas, issued the following statement on Monday: “The Township Committee is aware of the traffic charges that have been issued to Chief of Police Brian Pesce as a result of a traffic incident on Friday night, April 22nd. At this time, Chief Pesce has been placed on restricted duty until further notice pending the investigation results. The Township has no further comment at this time.”

Pesce joined the Bordentown police in 1998. He was promoted to chief in 2018 following the resignation of disgraced former Chief Frank Nucera, who was convicted in federal court for lying to FBI agents after assaulting a handcuffed teen.

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