Long Branch officer admits he was driving drunk in off-duty fatal crash

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A Monmouth County police officer has admitted he was driving drunk while off duty when he struck and killed a woman last year.

Long Branch Detective Jake Pascucci pleaded guilty Tuesday to strict liability vehicular homicide. He faces a possible 364-day jail term when he's sentenced June 28 and also will resign from his job.

Pascucci struck and killed 66-year-old Karen Borkowski, of Stanhope, on Sept. 22 as she was attempting to cross a street in Long Branch. She was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

Pascucci had told officers at the scene he had a green light and that Borkowski was jaywalking, according to dashboard camera video from police.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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