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NJ State Trooper Accused of DWI Tried to Pay Woman Not to Report Crash: Records

Police records show a New Jersey state trooper accused of driving drunk while on construction detail had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit when he crashed into another car at a rest stop on the Garden State Parkway last month.

Documents obtained by through an open records request showed Sgt. 1st Class Michael Roadside's blood-alcohol level was 0.16 percent. 

The driver of the other car claimed the trooper offered her $1,000 if she agreed not to report the incident.

State Police say Roadside had been working traffic security at a construction site when he rear-ended a white Audi in the parking lot of the Monmouth Rest Stop in Wall Township. The female driver was not injured.

Roadside was charged with DWI, careless driving and an open container of alcohol in a vehicle. A police report shows he threw up on himself while claiming he was under the influence of a recent surgery anesthetic. He remains suspended without pay.

His attorney, Robert Ebberup, says his client was a dedicated trooper for about 29 years and isn't commenting on the allegations.

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