HACKENSACK - The Bergen County public safety director was suspended for reportedly interfering with a traffic stop.
A video from a Bergen County sheriff cruiser dashboard camera obtained by News 12 New Jersey shows a sheriff officer pulling over an SUV early in the morning on March 19 in Hackensack. The sheriff deputy suspected the driver of being drunk and gave him a field sobriety test.
The video then shows what appears to be Bergen County Public Safety Director Ralph Rivera Jr. coming over to the scene. Officials say that he told the officer about his title and said that the driver was his friend.
Rivera is seen approaching the officer several more times as the officer attempted to put the driver in handcuffs and put him in the cruiser. The officer told Rivera that no exceptions would be made.
Rivera also allegedly asked if he could take the man’s SUV himself when a tow truck arrived.
The Bergen County executive suspended Rivera with pay pending an investigation.