IRVINGTON - Photos obtained by News 12 New Jersey appear to show Irvington Police Chief Michael Chase stretched out at police headquarters in Irvington with his eyes closed, seemingly asleep. Kane in Your Corner spoke to Irvington Councilman Dave Lyons about the pictures, who says he'd like some answers, especially since Chase recently suspended two Irvington cops for sleeping on the job.
Chase told Kane in Your Corner he isn't asleep in the photos. He says he has chronic dry eyes and has to close them for extended periods of time.
His eye doctor confirms he is treating Chase for dry eyes, but he says the chief should only have to rest his eyes for a minute or two.
Chase says the photos are a personal attack by enemies within the department. Councilman Lyons says even if Chase was just resting his eyes, he should have used better judgment.