WOODBRIDGE, NJ—Though they have filed criminal charges against two officers for lying to cover up a single-car wreck involving another police officer, authorities have failing to make public the details of the incident or identify the officer involved.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Office (MCPO), led by Andrew C. Carey announced on February 26 that two officers in the Woodbridge Police Department (WPD) had been charged with "providing false information during an investigation into a motor vehicle crash involving another township police officer."
But Carey's office declined to name the officer involved in the one-car crash on May 23, 2015, protecting the anonymous officer like the suspended officers.
"An off-duty officer, whose name is being withheld, was traveling north on Route 9 and was exiting onto West Pond Road when his Mitsubishi sport utility vehicle jumped the curb, was damaged and could not be driven," reads the MCPO release.
Officer David Hughes, age 30, and his partner, Officer Amanda Felicies, age 29, have both been suspended from duty as a result of the criminal charges, which came nine months after the crash that the two allegedly helped cover up.
Hughes is officially charged with "falsifying or tampering with records and tampering with public records," while Felicies was charged with "false swearing for lying to authorities during the investigation into the crash."
"The investigation determined that Officer Hughes filed a false report on May 23, 2015 to protect the unnamed officer," reads the release. "Officer Felicies subsequently provided false information under oath on January 19, 2016 to police who were investigating the crash."
Both officers were released without bail. The investigation is active and is continuing, according to the MCPO release.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate and a community organizer, and an independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick.