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Police officer cleared of on duty driving while intoxicated

March 8, 2017
In this Tuesday, March 7, 2017 photo, defense lawyer Denis Driscoll with Montville Township Police Officer Kurt Geisinger, right, sit in Morris Plains Municipal Court, in Morris Plains, N.J. A judge found the New Jersey police officer not guilty of driving while intoxicated while on duty. (Peggy Wright/The Daily Record via AP, Pool)

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. (AP) — A judge has found a New Jersey police officer not guilty of driving while intoxicated while on duty.

A municipal judge in Morris Plains on Tuesday found the local prosecutor could not prove Montville Officer Kurt Geisinger was operating a vehicle or intended to operate one.

A fellow Montville officer charged Geisinger in October with driving while intoxicated. At the time, authorities said Geisinger was driving an unmarked patrol car.

The arresting officer testified Geisinger said he drank alcohol in the police department parking lot. But the officer did not see him driving.

Geisinger has been suspended with pay since he was charged and faces a possible discipline hearing.

His lawyer, Denis Driscoll, told the Daily Record of Parsippany (http://dailyre.co/2n5MqMg ) he knew the prosecution had deficiencies in its case.

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Information from: Daily Record (Parsippany, N.J.), http://www.dailyrecord.com

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