- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - Bergen County’s acting prosecutor has found “no criminality” in the actions of the county’s public safety director at a drunken driving stop involving a friend.

The county sheriff’s office said Ralph Rivera arrived at the scene of Francisco Almonte’s traffic stop in March, interrupted the arresting officer multiple times and interfered with the arrest.

The prosecutor says Rivera is not subject to an internal affairs investigation and the case is an employment matter.

Rivera has been suspended with pay since April and the county inspector general is reviewing the incident.

Rivera retired from the State Police after 27 years.

Almonte has pleaded not guilty to driving while intoxicated.


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