New Jersey Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty was charged Tuesday in his Gloucester County hometown with driving while intoxicated, he acknowledged in a statement.
Moriarty, 55, said he had not been drinking and would fight the charge.
"This afternoon, after spending over an hour at my local car dealership and heading to grab lunch, I was pulled over by a Washington Township police officer who claimed I had cut him off at an intersection," Moriarty said in his statement.
"I disputed his assertion, which led him to order me from my car, submit me to a field sobriety test, and issue a summons for DUI. Let me be clear: I had consumed no alcoholic beverages, and this entire episode was an abuse of power," said Moriarty, a former TV reporter for CBS3.