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Off-Duty Union County Officer Pleads Guilty to DWI; Gets Accepted Into Pre-Trial Program

By kcora on
Union County

A drunk off-duty Union County officer who rear-ended a vehicle on Route 1 on April 1, 2016, will be accepted into a pre-trial program after pleading guilty.

According to authorities, Mark S. Grzeda, 33, of East Brunswick, was driving his Honda Accord south on Route 1 in Woodbridge on April 1, 2016, about 9:30 p.m. when he rear-ended a Honda CRV.

Officials say the impact caused the CRV to roll over off the road, leaving the driver with a minor knee injury.

Following a field sobriety test, Grzeda was taken into custody with a blood alcohol content level of .18, more than double the legal limit in New Jersey.

Grzeda was placed on administrative duty but was ultimately suspended without pay on Sept. 5, 2017, following his indictment.

According to authorities, on Dec. 3rd Grzeda pleaded guilty to DWI before Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Pedro Jimenez. He was accepted into a pre-trial intervention program. The charges are expected to be dismissed once Grzeda completes the 12-month program.

In addition, Grzeda will have to pay more than $600 in fines and will have his license suspended for three-months.