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Parsippany Police Decline Comment on Cop Accused of DWI

Chief of police cites personnel matter, won't disclose employment status of John Freudenberg.

A day after the news broke that an off-duty Parsippany police officer was arrested for allegedly driving drunk, the department's top cop would not make any statements relating to the incident.

Parsippany Police Chief Paul Phillips' office would not comment on the work status of officer John Freudenberg, who was arrested in his hometown of Randolph over the weekend after police found his pickup truck crashed on a residential front lawn.

Freudenberg told responding officers he had been run off the road. He performed field sobriety tests and took a breathalyzer test, and was subsequently arrested.

Phillips would not comment on Freudenberg's work status – whether he was suspended or not – citing a personnel matter.

Patch is seeking more details into the matter through an Open Public Records Act request. Those results have not yet been made available. 
John February 11, 2014 at 01:27 PM
No comment? What about "suspended without pay until the case is resolved". Anything less than that is unacceptable.
JJ February 11, 2014 at 03:20 PM
John, I can't say I disagree that he should be remanded to desk duty until resolution. By no means should he be on the road or face to face with the public until it has been determined that he is fit to do so. Stripping the guy of his livelihood until he is proven guilty is a bit against how our system works.
1fairguy February 11, 2014 at 08:21 PM
Good job Chief, look out for your men's due process! I love how people like "John" have such a strong opinion behind a computer, yet wouldn't have the backbone to address the matter in person! Let me guess "John," if you had a job you would have been fired over a MOTOR VEHICLE VIOLATION right?? DWI is not a crime!
John February 12, 2014 at 07:26 AM
I'm not a public representative of the city like this guy did nor did I take an oath to uphold the law. Like it or not cops have a higher standard. Plus there are far too many examples in this state of public employees doing wrong and still collecting their lavish pay and benefits.
Pete February 12, 2014 at 09:07 AM
"Innocent until proven guilty" is still the law of this land. Agreed this guy shouldn't be dealing with the public until the case is resolved. And agreed he shouldn't be deprived of his livelihood. But at the same time, he shouldn't be given a free ride, i.e. "suspended with full pay", which is nothing more than a paid vacation. Take his gun, put him on non-public-contact desk duty, and carry on with the investigation.
Alan C February 12, 2014 at 12:11 PM
@Pete... agreed "innocent until proven guilty" ...in a court of law, in terms of his JOB -- similar to other jobs that relies on the public trust -- this department must support a zero tolerance of this alleged behavior and suspend him (with or without pay I believe weighs on union rules/contract stipulations) pending the outcome of the investigation.

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