An on-duty state trooper who rammed into an Audi at a rest station on the Garden State Parkway in the middle of the afternoon last month—with twice the legal blood alcohol content limit—told a responding officer that he was "not drunk" according to dash cam video released this week by New Jersey police.
Granted, when a police officer approaches you on the side of the road with a "How are we doing?" and your immediate response, without provocation, is "I am not drunk," logic would suggest otherwise.
Sgt. First Class Michael Roadside (really) crashed into Kimberly Wilson's vehicle around 2:00 p.m. on October 26th. According to Wilson, who can be heard on the dash cam audio, Roadside approached her car after the crash with his uniform on inside out and offered her $1,000 not to report him.
Wilson told WABC 7 that Roadside "looked like he just got out of bed," adding, "I'm like, 'Where's your weapon?' And he lifted his shirt up, and I could see he had the gun on him, and then a magazine fell on the ground. And when that happened, I lost it."
"I had prostate surgery," Roadside tells Officer Matthew Durak in the video. "I gotta get home."
"Alright," says Durak. "Fair enough."
When Durak breathalyzed Roadside and read off the BAC of .16, the trooper finally admitted that he was in fact drunk, but not that drunk. In fact, "I've been way more drunk than that."
Roadside has since admitted to drinking nine beers that day on an empty stomach and has been suspended without pay, according to the Star Ledger. A cardboard case of Coors Light and two open containers were also found in his car.