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Edison Police Sergeant Disciplined For Watching Super Bowl At Home While On Duty

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

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

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EDISON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey police officer has been disciplined following an investigation into claims that he left his patrol car running in his driveway during the Super Bowl.

Edison Police Sgt. Andrew Chupela’s neighbor, Thomas DeRienzo, filed a complaint on Super Bowl Sunday that said Chupela spent nearly three hours at home during the game while his cruiser remained idling in the driveway.

DeRienzo said Chupela arrived home at around 7:30 p.m. and drove off at 10:15 p.m.

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

It remains unclear how the Edison Police Department punished Chupela.

DeRienzo told The Home News Tribune the lack of transparency is troubling and fosters an attitude of mistrust about a department that has had a history of discipline problems.

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