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Edison Police Sergeant Accused Of Watching Super Bowl At Home While On Duty

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Edison, NJ police car. (credit: CBS 2)

Edison, NJ police car. (credit: CBS 2)

EDISON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Some Americans would do anything possible to get out of working on Super Bowl Sunday so they can watch the big game, but those who provide essential services such as police officers don’t always have the opportunity.

As 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported, despite that officers are supposed to be protecting and serving, it’s alleged that one Edison, N.J. police sergeant parked his police cruiser outside his house and watched the Super Bowl inside.

Those allegations come from Sgt. Andrew Chupela’s neighbor, who says Chupela spent nearly three hours at home during the game while his cruiser remained idling in the driveway.

Chupela is now the focus of an internal affairs investigation.

This is just one more black eye for the Edison Police Department already under scrutiny.

Another officer was previously accused of drinking beer in his patrol car, while another allegedly propositioned a crime victim for sex, and another has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly setting fire to his captain’s house, Baumgarten reported.

Chief Thomas Bryan has pledged to take appropriate disciplinary action if the allegations are found to be true.

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