A Washington Township police officer pleaded not guilty Monday to official misconduct, falsifying records, and other offenses stemming from a traffic stop last summer of Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty (D., Gloucester).
Joseph DiBuonaventura, a 17-year veteran of the force, wrote in a police report that he stopped Moriarty on July 31 on the Black Horse Pike in Turnersville after the legislator cut him off. He said he smelled alcohol on Moriarty's breath and ordered him out of the car.
Video footage from DiBuonaventura's car showed his vehicle parked on the median and then his chasing Moriarty.
Moriarty, a former Washington Township mayor, showed the footage at a news conference days after the arrest. He said that he was driving lawfully in the right lane and did not change lanes without signaling.